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Duration: 1.30 -2 hours
While there's plenty to choose from, here's a guide that'll help you choose the best ticket for your needs.
Make the most of your limited time with priority entrance tickets. Bypass the long queues and leisurely explore the complex.
Why just enjoy priority entry when you can enjoy a guided tour with it too? Explore the complex under the wing of a local expert who'll give you a detailed guide of the entire complex. This one's especially ideal for history buffs.
With famous French landmarks nested within its walls, Les Invalides is brimming with attractions and artworks, specifically surrounding France's military and political history. Here's a glimpse into what you can expect inside Les Invalides:
One of France’s largest military museums, travel back in time and discover all about the French military and political history dating back to the medieval ages. You can also learn more through interactive exhibits located across the Paris Army Museum.
The Musée des Plans-Reliefs houses a unique collection of 3D models and reliefs that depict battle plans, fortifications, and regions. It also eludes to the art of miniaturization. A visit to the museum is a great way to gain insight into the strategic aspects of warfare.
Resting in the dome-shaped Invalides Church is the tomb of one of France’s prominent leaders- Napoleon Bonaparte.
A grand, gold-domed structure that stands an impressive 107 m tall, the Dôme des Invalides is a sight to behold. Visit a chapel and the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte as well as several other tombs of esteemed French soldiers located inside.
Looking to learn about Paris’ hidden underground system? Learn about the engineering feats behind the sewers and discover the city's intricate drainage system with interactive displays and guided tours at Musée des Égouts.
Designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the chapel is an architectural marvel. Having hosted several royal events, the chapel now guards the tombs of several French officials.
This historic structure was a reserve for all things military and politics. The building was destroyed by fire in 1871, almost 200 years after its establishment. Following its restoration, the structure stands tall today and serves as a retirement home for disabled war veterans.
Pay tribute to France’s most decorated soldiers at this museum. Discover uniforms, insignia, and medals from some of the greatest French figures in military history.
While at Les Invalides, don’t forget to spend time at this expansive courtyard that serves as the official entrance to the complex. From canons to gardens and fountains, there are plenty of spots to capture memories.
A must-visit for history buffs, the Charles de Gaulle Historical Center is dedicated to the life and legacy of the leader of Free France. From documents to photographs and artifacts, learn all about his time in office and his role in French history through multi-media exhibits.
Inside Les Invalides:
Closed On: January 1, May 1, and December 25
Night Hours: Les Invalides is open from 10 AM to 9 PM every Tuesday and from 6 PM to 10 PM on the first Friday of the month.
Best Time to Visit Les Invalides: Visit early morning or near closing hours as you can expect fewer crowds then.
Location: 6 Boulevard des Invalides, 75007 Paris | Find on Map
By Metro: The closest Metro stations are Varenne (Line 13) and Ecole Militaire (Line 8). Both stations are a 10 min walk from Les Invalides.
By Bus: Board bus numbers 69, 82, 87, and 92 and alight at Vauban Hôtel des Invalides which is a 4 min walk from Les Invalides.
By Car: You can drive to Les Invalides. The nearest parking spot is Parking Indigo Paris Invalides
Les Invalides has a café and restaurant on-site where you can grab a snack or a meal.
A. Les Invalides is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.
A. Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours exploring the various museums and exhibits.
A. Yes, Les Invalides is a must-visit attraction for history and art enthusiasts. The museums and exhibits offer a unique insight into France's military and cultural heritage.
A. There are several ticket options available, including a Priority Access ticket which includes fast-track access to the Army Museum, Tomb of Napoleon, and other Les Invalides attractions. Or opt for a guided tour and explore the entirety of Les Invalides under the wing of an expert local guide.
A. Yes, you can purchase tickets in advance online. Purchasing tickets in advance allows you to bypass long queues, enjoy easy access and save up on time and money.
A. Yes, there are discounts available for children, students, and seniors.
A. Yes, guided tours of Les Invalides are available with select tickets. Audio guides are also available for rent.
A. There is no strict dress code for visiting Les Invalides, but visitors are encouraged to dress modestly and comfortably. Appropriate footwear is recommended as there is a lot of walking involved.
A. Yes, visitors are allowed to bring cameras and take photos inside Les Invalides. However, flash photography is not allowed in certain exhibits.
A. Yes, Les Invalides is wheelchair accessible with elevators and ramps available throughout the complex.
A. Les Invalides is home to several museums and exhibits, including the Army Museum, the Museum of Contemporary History, and the Museum of the Order of the Liberation. You can also see historic weapons, armor, and artwork on display.