Musée des Plans-Reliefs

The relief map museum

Within the iconic Hôtel des Invalides, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs presents models that were used as tools by French expert military strategists from the 17th century.

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Description

Inside the Hôtel des Invalides, discover the Musée des Plans-Reliefs and its exceptional collection of over 100 three-dimensional models, valuable reminders of the history of fortification from the Middle Ages up to 1870 and the reign of Napoleon III. This exceptional collection was first assembled in 1668 at the behest of King Louis XIV who asked Louvois, his minister of war, for an accurate model of the city of Dunkirk. As useful work instruments and military defence tools, they help to give a better understanding of the fortifications’ faults and weaknesses, plan improvements and prepare for siege operations in France and abroad.

From the Channel to the Mediterranean, via the Atlantic coast and the Pyrenees, these wonderful models not only recreate the fortifications but also major sieges and battles and therefore show the power of the monarchy and the kingdom of France.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket is included in the Paris Museum Pass.

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Access and contact

Hôtel National des Invalides
75007 Paris 7ème

Days and opening hours

All year round, daily. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Prices

  • Full price: 14 € (The ticket gives access to the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, the Musée de l'Armée - tombeau de Napoléon and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération.) Reduced price: 11 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years.

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French

Guided tour languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
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Hôtel National des Invalides
75007 Paris 7ème

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  • Musée des Plans-Reliefs, photo. G.Froger