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Museums You've Never Heard Of, Invalides, army museum


What will you see?

InvalidesA former hospital for the veterans of King Louis XIV’s wars, the National Residence of the Invalides is nowadays also a museum about the military history of France. There are many things to visit such as the Army Museum (which includes a beautiful artillerie collection), the tiny museum of military maps in 3D, the Museum of Contemporary History (about the 2 World Wars), the Memorial dedicated to Charles de Gaulle and of course the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte located under the Golden Dome.

How to experience it?

It could take an entire day if you decide to visit everything!

For those who are short in time, you can focus on the tomb of Napoleon and the dome, which you can see in about half an hour only. But if you have more time, and especially if you are a history buff, do no hesitate to visit the rest, and especially the tiny museum of military maps which can be visited in only 15 to 30 minutes.

In summer time, you can enjoy a picnic on the lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides, located just in front. 

Practical Information


Hours: Open every day, but hours change based on season. View hours here 

Prices: from 12€

Access: Metro Invalides (lines 8 and 13)

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