Musée de l'armée - Paris

Incorporated into the Hôtel des Invalides, the Army Museum recounts French military history, split up into chronological sections (weapons and ancient armour, conventional, 19th Century and contemporary department to 1945) and thematic divisions (artillery, emblems, historic figurines, paintings, sculptures, cabinet des estampes [embossments], drawings and photographs). The museum connects through with the Eglise du Dôme and Napoleon's Tomb. Napoleon died on the 5th of May, 1821 and was buried on the Island of Saint Helena. His remains were exhumed in 1840 on the orders of Louis-Philippe and transferred to the Invalides. The tomb, a bloc of red porphyry set on a base of green granite, was completed in 1861 by the architect Visconti, and Napoleon's ashes were laid there on the 2nd of April, 1861 encircled by six successive caskets. The tomb is decorated with laurels and inscriptions which commemorate the Emperor's great victories. In the circular gallery, the low-relief sculptures by Simart depict great moments in the reign of Napoleon. Inside the Eglise du Dôme, there are also the tombs of Jérôme and Joseph, two of Napoleon's brothers, and those of Aiglon, his son, and Marshals Foch and Lyautey.

Things to see:
The church
The new departments dedicated to the Second World War

Things to do:
Visit the museum

The Hôtel National des Invalides
The Dôme des Invalides
Napoleon's tomb
Pont Alexandre III (bridge)


Opening time : 10h - 18h: from April to September / 10h - 17h: October to March / Closure day : 1st Monday of the month


Normal rate :7,50€ / Reduced rate :Free under 18

Address : 129 rue de Grenelle Paris France

Phone : +33144423877

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