Les Invalides
(Museum of Arms and Armor)

The collections showcased at Les Invalides are varied, interesting and span over large periods of time

Old cannons on display at Les Invalides
Old cannons on display at Les Invalides cc licensed photo by b1mbo

War has played a significant role in almost every country's history and France is no different. Les Invalides or the Museum of Arms and Armour contains a comprehensive history of war and the role it played in the establishment and development of the great country of France. Items on display here include weaponry, artillery used and armour and uniforms utilized by the French army. There are also a number of other important documents and tributes that are on display.

One thing to bear in mind is that much of the ancient French armour and weaponry, while practical and functional for its time, are also intricate and beautiful works of art. Viewing the exhibits of le musée de l'Armée is on par with visiting any of the finest art museums in Paris.

Les Invalides is situated in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and is home to an assortment of military equipment, monuments and military buildings. The buildings and palatial structures that house the museum and other military facilities including a hospital and veterans retirement home are truly spectacular. They have a rich history dating back to the late 1600s.

A visit to Les Invalides is quite the cultural experience for those looking to immerse themselves in the history of Paris and France. The museum of arms and armour resides within one of the buildings at Les Invalides while the burial site of some of the country's most revered war heroes is contained in one of the other buildings. In fact, the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte himself are buried in a tomb here, a tomb many patriots and historians would love to pay tribute to.

The museum, as it stands today, is more than a century old. It was established in 1905 when two prominent museums merged into one. The Historical Army Museum and the Artillery Museum merged to form the Museum of Arms and Armour. Some of the most notable collections in the museum would be the "ancient weapons and armours" collection, the "artillery scale-models" collection and the collection dedicated in part to Napoleon I. The collections showcased are varied, interesting and span over large periods of time and this museum is considered to be one of the best of its kind in the world. A visit to Les Invalides and the Museum of Arms and Armour is one of the best cultural daytrips you can go on while in Paris.

Nearby attraction: Musée Rodin

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, however entry is free with the Paris Pass and for individuals under the age of 18. There is also lower admission after 5pm in summer and during winter.

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Phone: 0 810 11 33 99

Official Website: Les Invalides

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M8La tour - Maubourg3 minutes
M13Varenne5 minutes
RER CInvalides7 minutes

How to get to Les Invalides by Metro / RER

By Metro: from Latour - Maubourg station exit and walk northeast along Avenue de la Motte-Picquet to the main entrance; from Varenne Station exit and walk north along Blvd. des Invalides then left on Place des Invalides to the entrance.

By RER C: exit Invalides Station and proceed straight south through the plaza along Avenue du Marechal Gallieni to the entrance.

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5

5 Star Rating Very fascinating and grand museum, with tons of history and education. There is something here for everyone, with exhibits ranging from Middle Ages to WWII. Napoleon's Tomb was also imposing and quite imperial. I've seen pictures of it many times, but those photographs don't do the place justice. Seeing the grandeur in person took my breath away.

Leslie Teng - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating This Museum is a must if you have an interest in military or Napoleonic history - it is amazing! It includes Napoleon's tomb and France's complete military history. Set aside an entire day if you want to see it fully. There is a great gift shop and eatery however the Noel Markets were on when we visited so we drank mulled wine and cheese baguettes! Do expect to have all your bags searched upon entry - this is the norm now in France. You will need to have your ticket scanned each time you enter a different exhibit and you may have your bags checked again. It is a large museum and like most has rotating exhibits. Currently it is the Secret Wars.

Catriona Roberts - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating Looks nice... from outside. Army museum can be visited along with Napoleon's grave. But only with a combined ticket, and it's quite expensive. So we just wandered around, had a look at the church, but didn't visit. It's a pity

Michaël Potar - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating An unknown gem. Incredible review of the history of Europe and the tools used in wars over the years. We spent four hours here. It's really a spectacular place with well-designed exhibits that focus on both the military as well as the economic and cultural impacts and causes for war over the centuries. Personal favorite: the many sets of armor used by Louis XIII (XIV?) as he was growing up. It looked like a garage sale yet told a frightening story at the same time.

John Mitchell - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Fantastic. If you are a fan of history this is a MUST. We ended up going kinda by accident. It was one of my favorite museums in Paris. Wonderfully extensive exhibits. Very well laid out.

caleb sayer - 1 month ago

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