Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides Tickets

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Paris Army Museum | The French Military World in Les Invalides

Formally known as the Hôtel National des Invalides, which means "house of invalids", Les Invalides contains several monuments and museums related to French military history, which includes the Army Museum, the French Military Museum, Military Hospital, a retirement home for war veterans, and other important structures. Visiting this complex allows you to encounter French military history and culture.

The Army Museum is a national military museum that was created in 1905. The museum consists of seven spaces that house collections spanning the period from antiquity to the 20th century. Read on to know more about the timings, Paris Army Museum tickets, highlights, and more.

Why Visit Paris Army Museum?

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Which Paris Army Museum ticket is best for you?

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If you are on a budget

Go for: Entry tickets
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Self-guided

  • These Paris Army & Les Invalides tickets provide skip-the-line entry to the building complex, Napoleon's tomb and the museum.
  • With this ticket, you can choose your preferred time slot to visit and gain access to all exhibits, including attractions like the Cour d'Honneur (Artillery Collections) and the Saint-Louis des Invalides Cathedral.
  • Visitors can explore the Les Invalides complex at their own pace, with the tickets offering an extended validity of 12 months from the date of purchase.

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If You want to explore in-depth

Go for: Guided tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 min to 2 hours
Guide: Professional tour guide

  • With these tickets, you can go on a guided tour with a professional guide and learn intriguing facts about Napoleon and French military history.
  • The tour includes access to the Dome Church and the Cathedral, which you can explore at your own pace.
  • An expert English-speaking guide will accompany you on the semi-private tour with a small group.

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If you want to have an all-rounded experience

Go for: Combo tickets
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Self-guided

  • Explore the city of lights in an extremely pocket-friendly way, as you visit some of the most popular Parisian attractions with one ticket.
  • Along with Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides, depending on the ticket you choose, you can explore the Rodin Museum too, or go for the Invalides: Aura Immersive Experience, all with one combo tailored according to your interests.

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The golden dome of the Les Invalides, which houses Napoleon I's mausoleum and is located on the Left Bank of the Seine, is a landmark on the Paris skyline. Six thousand soldiers used to live in this remarkable heritage property, which Louis XIV built to shelter combat veterans. With a permanent collection of over 500,000 military relics and artifacts, it is currently one of the world's largest museums of art and military history.

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The Hôtel National des Invalides

Hôtel National des Invalides is one of the most exceptional monuments in Paris. Explore the history of France there, through the Paris Army Museum's (Musée de l'Armée) collections and the Tomb of Napoleon I in particular.

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Tomb Of Napoleon

Resting in the Dôme des Invalides is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon's bones had originally been interred on Saint Helena Island in 1821, and later laid to rest at Les Invalides in Paris in 1861.

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Main Courtyard

Spend time at this expansive courtyard that serves as the official entrance to the complex. It hosts displays of weaponry and sculptures, including a statue of Napoleon I, and memorial plaques to military troops from past conflicts.

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World War | 20th Century

The World War rooms throw light on the two major conflicts of the twentieth century and tell the French Army’s story from 1871 to 1945. The collections are enriched with emblems, paintings, and items from personal archives.

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Arms and Armour | 13th – 17th Sentury

With one of Europe's largest collections of arms and armor, dating from the 13th to the 17th centuries, you will learn about the role of weaponry and armor throughout medieval and Renaissance Europe, including royal courts, aristocratic communities, and even towns.

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Louis XIV –Napoleon | 17th – 19th Century

This section of the museum houses army and war items from the 17th-19th century, including soldiers' uniforms, and houses small artillery models that belonged to famous figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte and his marshals.

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Extraordinary Cabinets

This new area "Les Cabinets Insolites," is divided into two rooms. The first room showcases figurines (sets of paper, lead, and tin toy soldiers), as well as scale models of artillery pieces, while the second room is dedicated to the history of ancient musical instruments.

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The St. Louis Cathedral

Located at the heart of the Hôtel des Invalides, the Saint-Louis Cathedral shows how important religious faith was to Louis XIV. Completed in the 17th century, it incorporates a royal chapel, the "Dome des Invalides" and a veterans' chapel.

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Museum of Order of the Liberation

The Order of the Liberation was established in 1940 to commemorate those who contributed significantly to France's liberation. Discover uniforms, insignia, and medals from some of France’s most decorated soldiers at this museum.

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Museum of Relief Maps

The Musée des Plans-Reliefs houses a unique collection of 3D models and reliefs that depict battle plans, fortifications, and regions created between 1668 and 1875. It is a great way to gain insight into the strategic aspects of warfare.

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Historial Charles de Gaulle

The Charles de Gaulle Historical Center is dedicated to the life and legacy of the famous French leader. From documents to photographs and artifacts, learn all about his time in office and his role in French history through multimedia exhibits.

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Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides Tickets

Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides is open throughout the year with the following timings:

  • Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Last Entry: 30 minutes before Museum closing time
  • Closed on: Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides is closed on 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December
  • Note: On the last Friday of the month, the museum opens from 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Late Closures: Temporary exhibitions, the extraordinary cabinets, the Historial Charles de Gaulle, the Louis XIV-Napoleon trail & the Dôme des Invalides (tomb of Napoleon I)
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Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Find it on the map.

Entrance: The museum has two main entrances: one at 2 Place Vauba, on the Dôme des Invalides side, and another at 129 Rue De Grenelle, on the Esplanade des Invalides side.

Getting There

  • By Metro: Metro route: 8; Nearest Station: La Tour Maubourg metro station.
  • By RER: Train Line: C; Nearest Station: Invalides train station.
  • By Bus: Bus Route: 69; Nearest Stop: Esplanade des Invalides bus stop.
  • By Car: Preferred Route: Av. du Maréchal Gallieni via the A1 and Boulevard Peripherique.
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Le carré des Invalides: Located opposite the museum's reception desk at the Place Vauban entrance, it is a perfect setting for a dinner. Sandwiches, salads, crepes, pastries, and beverages are available at the restaurant.

Gift shop: Enjoy the benefits of the museum's book and gift shop at the end of your visit. Visitors can get a wide variety of guides and books about the Paris Army Museum's collections and military history, as well as associated artifacts and postcards, at the ticket desk on the Place Vauban side.

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The Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides offers a variety of services to help you get the most out of your visit -

  • Lifts
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair on loan
  • Toilets
  • Adapted toilets for people with reduced mobility
  • Cash machine
  • Cloakroom
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  • Reach the Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides as early in the day as possible to guarantee a crowd-free experience.
  • Book your Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets well in advance since the number of admissions to the museum is currently limited.
  • Purchase skip-the-line Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets so that there is minimal waiting during your visit.
  • Adhere to the dress code. Do not wear swimwear or casual clothing like shorts to Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides.

Frequently Asked Questions About Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides Tickets

What is the cost of Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets?

There are several options for Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets, with prices starting from €14.99.

Are discounts available on Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets?

Yes, discounts are available on Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets. You can avail of those discounts by purchasing your tickets online.

Do Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets provide priority entrance?

Yes, Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets provide priority entrance.

What do my Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets include?

Skip the line at the Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides, visit the Dôme des Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb, visit the Museum of Relief Maps and the Museum of the Order of Liberation, and visit the Cour d'Honneur (Artillery Collections) and the Saint-Louis des Invalides Cathedral with Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets.

Do my tickets provide access to the temporary exhibitions?

Yes, Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets provide access to the temporary exhibitions.

Do the tickets provide access to Napoleon’s Tomb?

Yes, Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides tickets provide access to Napoleon’s Tomb.

At what time does the Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides open?

Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides open at 10 am every day.

What is Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides?

Les Invalides is a complex of buildings in Paris's 7th arrondissement that houses museums and monuments linked to France's military history. It still functions and serves its original purpose, that is, as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans.

Where is Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides located?

Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides is located at 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France.

What is the Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides famous for?

Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides are famous for the invaluable military collection of over 140,000 objects including weaponry and artwork.

What are the highlights of the Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides?

The highlights of the Paris Army Museum & Les Invalides include Napoleon’s Tomb, World War Rooms, and the Army Collection.