Hotel Des InvalidesCurrently Closed
- Address: Place Vauban, 75007 Paris, France
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +33-144423877
- Ticket Price: 9 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Architecture , Specialty Museums, Heritage Building
This historic complex is a history or military lover’s paradise. The Sun King ordered the construction of Les Invalides as a retirement home for France’s disabled and impoverished veterans, but this large complex gained fame that far outstripped its noble intentions. The military paraded around the Court of Honour. A chapel was established, which the residents were to attend daily. A separate chapel, the Eglise du Dome, a triumph of French Baroque architecture, was built for the sole use of the royal family. On 14th July 1789, it was stormed for muskets and cannons for use against the Bastille the same day. Napoleon was entombed here, as were many of France’s other military leaders. Over three decades, a museum dedicated to the military was formed. Two more museums have been added since, and a doctor’s facility. Now too large to simply carry out it’s original purpose, the Invalides works to commemorate France’s wartime history.Make sure to check out the clever miniature reproductions of famous forts in the Relief Maps Museum.
- The Charles de Gaulle Monument is closed on Mondays.
- 1st Monday of every month, Only the Dome Church (tomb of Napoleon I), Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides and artillery trail are open. On the 1st Monday in July, August and September, the whole museum is open.
- During the Christmas holidays and springtime holidays, the museum is open until 5.30 pm.
- On Tuesdays from 1 April to 30 September 2013, the Dome and Modern Department are open until 9:00 pm.
- In July and August, the Dome Church (tomb of Napoleon I) is open until 7:00 pm.
- Visit the Army Museum, the Relief Maps Museum and the Museum of the Order of the Liberation; Visit the Church of St. Louis; visit the crypt.
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One of the best museums I've been to. Innovative layout and great use of panels to deconflict language barriers. Exceptional history of French army including depth look at Napoleon's reign and rise to power. Great collection of lead miniatures, arms, armor, and artillery.
The weapons in the army museum go as far back as possible. From Spears made by Neanderthals to 2 world war... Child armors, horse armors, guns and swords of all shapes and sizes. Additionally you can have a look at a few Chinese armors and swords. Loved it!
I truly LOVE this museum! I spent over 4 hours exploring the massive collection of exhibits and artifacts connected to the long epoch of France's Military History. From Napoleon up through both World Wars the French Army Museum has a truly massive collection of historical weaponry and artifacts. But the Museum still flows well and has a ton of interactive displays. I could have easily gone back for 2 more days and still never finished exploring! The tickets are around 8 Euros which is awesome too!
What an amazing museum. I liked it probably more than the Louvre! An amazing display of history. I loved the knight middle age stuff too.
Amazing museum and a lot of exhibition of WW 1 and WW2. Open crypt of Napoleon Bonaparte. Spent a few hours to explore, just one issue is, that there was no English explanation available for every piece, just some of them. But overall, worth it.