Cour intérieure du Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel des Invalides

Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel des Invalides

Part of the Hôtel National des Invalides, the Army Museum contains hundreds of thousands of objects linked to French military history, which will fascinate young and old alike.

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Description

Set on the Left Bank of the Seine, the golden dome of the Hôtel National des Invalides, which holds Napoleon I’s tomb, is a landmark on the Paris skyline.

This exceptional heritage site, originally built by Louis XIV to house war veterans, used to be home to 6,000 soldiers. It is now one of the biggest museums of art and military history in the world with a permanent collection of more than 500,000 military objects and artefacts.

From medieval knights to the Resistance

The Army Museum’s permanent collection encompasses military history from the Middle Ages to the present day. Children will love seeing the suits of armour, helmets and knightly weapons. Older visitors, meanwhile, will be interested to learn how Louis XIV and Louvois, his war minister, created the first modern army. You can follow the epic saga of Napoleon Bonaparte through displays of emblematic objects that belonged to him, like his famous bicorn hat, and his majestic portrait, painted by Ingres in 1806.

The museum offers a deeply comprehensive overview of General de Gaulle, the head of government-in-exile Free France, with dedicated multimedia exhibits, a biographical film, audioguides and interactive maps. In fact, an entire section is dedicated to the two World Wars, covering everything from daily life at the front to the work of the French Resistance. Artefacts include dresses from the 1940s and soldiers’ postcards home – you can even see a Marne Taxi cab, which transported soldiers to the front in 1914.

Fun and interactive

The museum is a perfect destination for families. To encourage children to learn while having fun, numerous activities are on offer alongside the permanent collections: investigation games transform visitors, from 7 and up, into budding detectives; there are visits led by storytellers; multimedia guides offer five different itineraries; while fun catalogues with games are available in French and English.

Make sure to pick up a tablet when you enter the museum – or download the smartphone application – to follow in the footsteps of Louis XIV, learn all you need to know about armaments or listen to the speeches of General de Gaulle.

Twice a year, temporary exhibitions are held dedicated to themes around warfare and accompanied by a special cultural programme. To round off the day, take a relaxing – and delicious – break at the café-restaurant Le Carré des Invalides! In the summer, its terrace on the Place Vauban at the foot of the Invalides dome is a delight.

Discover the Army Museum through one of the treasure hunts in the Paris Region Adventures application specially designed for families and downloadable free of charge.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

129 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris 7ème

Metro: line 13, Varennes station; line 8, La Tour-Maubourg station; lines 8 and 13, Invalides station / RER C: Invalides station Bus: 28, 63, 69, 80, 82, 83, 87, 92, 93 Taxis, car parks and Vélib' points close by

Days and opening hours

From 01/04 to 3103, daily between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. The Musée de l'Armée is being renovated to give you a better welcome from June 2024. During the works, the Museum will remain open, with a few changes to the itinerary.
Ticket office: on arrival, please go to the Museum ticket office located near the Dôme des Invalides to the south of the site: open daily from 10am to 5:30pm (8:30pm on the first Friday of each month).
The extra ordinary cabinets : due to the Museum's extension and modernisation works, all the unusual cabinets are closed until June 2024.
Opening times for the south entrance: The south entrance via Place Vauban is open from 2pm to 6pm. Opening times for the north entrance at 129 rue Grenelle (esplanade des Invalides) remain unchanged, from 10am to 6pm (10pm on the first Friday of each month).

Prices

  • Full price: 15 € Reduced price: 12 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years, Job-seeker, disabled people and accompanying persons. Group rate available for > 10 people.
    The “Museum and exhibitions” ticket provides open access to: the permanent collections, the church of the Dome, the tomb of Napoleon I, the current temporary exhibition, the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération and the Musée des Plans-Reliefs. Special rate: 10€. 1st Friday of each month from 6pm to 10pm (ticket office closes at 9pm)
    Paris Museum Pass accepted: free access.

Facility

  • Cloakroom
  • Lift
  • Toilets

Services

  • Educational visits
  • Room hire
  • Shop
  • Tourist information
  • Restaurant
  • Guided tours
  • Online shop
  • Ticketing in number

Activities

  • Handicrafts workshops
  • Permanent exhibition
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Activity
  • Children&#039;s entertainment
  • Concert

Tour

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Portuguese
  • Arab
  • French sign language

Documentation languages (home)

  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Russian

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • French

Single mean time tour

120 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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Accessibility

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Access

Pratical informations

Extérieur
  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
  • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Parking
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • the accessible entrance is the secondary entrance (indicated)
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • revolving entrance door
  • automatic entrance door
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
  • performance room with a reserved space
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
  • accessible communal toilets
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
  • elevator
Parking
  • visual intercom
Accueil
  • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
  • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled visioguide
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
  • guided tours with an amplifying device
  • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
Extérieur
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
Accueil
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
Équipements
  • audioguide with description elements
  • audioguide with guidance elements
  • Braille documentation
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • swell paper documentation
  • floor-level establishment
  • offset or no obstacles at face height
  • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
  • possibility to control the lighting
  • magnifying glass loan
  • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
  • audiodescription system
Ascenseur
  • elevator with audio announcements for each floor
  • elevator with identifiable call buttons
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
Sanitaires
  • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
  • changing table
Visite
  • children's/family applications for the tour
  • audioguides with a children's circuit
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
  • visioguides with a children's circuit
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

129 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris 7ème


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