- Discover one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris right in the heart of the city
- Visit the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Dome Church
- See the arms and armor collection, one of the largest in the world
- Buy your tickets online and avoid queues
Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum
The Hôtel des Invalides was founded by Louis XIV to house veterans and wounded soldiers. It now serves as the prestigious setting for the Army Museum, with its famous 110 meters high golden dome.
The museum's collection holds more than 500,000 pieces covering the french military history from the Middle Ages up to the present day. In this newly designed educational route, you'll find armor, weapons like swords, cannons, and uniforms, that belonged to kings of France, as well as paintings, photographs and personal effects of important figures such as Francis I, Louis XIV and Charles de Gaulle .
Your visit also takes you to the Dome Church, which since 1861 has been home to the monumental tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The connection between bellicose fury and the military aspiration to beauty is not always obvious. Yet warlike zeal is often linked to gaining power, bringing with it the duty of distinction and a taste for prestige. From 10 October 2019 to 26 January 2020, come admire the new exhibition at the Musée de l'Armée, A Salute to Style, that invites visitors to discover these exceptional artefacts. Combining historical, anthropological and aesthetic approaches, the exhibition highlights the way martial splendour contributes to the radiance and legitimacy of political power, and how it rewards merit and satisfies the desire for assimilation or distinction within the group.
Around 200 masterpieces of armoury and gunsmithery, as well as goldsmithery, embroidery, ivory work and saddlery, mostly taken from the Musée de l'Armée's collections, will enable visitors to marvel at these items of jewellery, fashion accessories and haute couture pieces... all exclusively reserved for the warriors of yesteryear and today.
What is included?
- Access to permanent collections and temporary exhibitions
- Avoid the long waiting lines and benefit from a reserved access with this ticket
Metro: Line 8 stop « Invalides »; line 13 stop « Varennes ».
RER C : stop « Invalides », ru e de l’Université.
Bus : Line 28 stop « La Tour Maubourg »; Line 69 stop « Varennes »; Line 82, 92, 63, 83, 93 stop « Invalides ».
Good to know
- Ticket sent by email.
- From October to June, on 1rst monday of every month, only the Dome Church (tomb of Napoleon I), Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides and Artillery Trail are open.
- The Charles de Gaulle monument is closed on Mondays
- Please note that museum admission is free for those under 18 years of age and for EU citizens under 26 years
From 1st april to 31 october : from 10am to 6pm
From 1st november to 31 march : from 10am to 5pm