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Army Museum
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Invalides Army Museum and Cathedral Private Tour
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Napoleon and French Military History: Invalides and Dome Church Tour
Ranked #31 of 1,242 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located right in the heart of Paris in the prestigious of the Hôtel national des Invalides, the museum is to one of the largest military history and art collections in the world, offering a unique overview of the history France. It is one of the 5 most visited museums in France, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2015. A remarkable site full of history, the Hôtel des Invalides was founded by Louis XIV to house veterans and wounded soldiers. It now forms the unique, prestigious setting the Musée de l’Armée. The museum's collections contain over 500.000 pieces, covering a period from the Middle Ages up to the present day and following a newly designed educational route: the armour and weapons of the Kings of France, swords, cannons, uniforms, paintings, photographs, the personal effects of important figures such as Françis I, Louis and Charles de Gaulle, plus the Dome church, which since 1861 has been home to the monumental tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, its golden dome reaching into the skies of Paris at over 110 metres high.
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Very interesting exhibitions with armor and weapons development over 1000+ years. Amazing buildings and scenery.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We came out to Invalides on a whim, primarily to visit Napoleon's tomb. I really wished we had planned some more time here. We only saw a portion of the museum covering the wars before WWI. We also missed out on the armor exhibits, and the smaller museums which were also on the property. The buildings themselves are quite lovely and made for some nice picture-taking opportunities. There is also a very nice cafe and a restaurant on the premises.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This was my second visit to Le Musée de l'Armée (aka the Army Museum) and to Napoleon's tomb and it was just as enjoyable as my first visit there some seven years ago. There are a huge variety of weapons on display and mostly with descriptions in both French and English so you can choose to either practice your French (and who goes to Paris without learning at least a little?) or take a break and dig into the details with the English.

There are a large variety of armors, swords, pistols, rifles, cannons - you name it, they have it, including some off "pistol in a sword" weapons. One of my favorite things to have gone back to learn about was the different kinds of historical firing mechanisms for rifles, such as the wheel lock. They also had a room showing some very early and very primitive stone weapons.

I'm not much of a history buff, but I do find it fascinating, and this museum really gives you a sense of the kinds of weapons and tools used throughout history. Not just the variety, but the level of care and quality in some of the instruments stored there, between the ceremonial weapons and the eminently practical.

Le Tombeau de Napoleon (The Tomb of Napoleon) is quite a sight on its own as well. Although I've been told that Napoleon was actually of average height during the time he was alive, you wouldn't know it to see his massive sarcophagus, which seems to be at least twelve feet tall and again as long. The beautiful dome which houses Napoleon also pays respects to other soldiers to have lost their lives and the whole building maintains an impressive air of elegance despite the dull roar of tourists both inside and out.

As a note, I came here with my girlfriend which is why I marked "Couples," but we did not do this as a date spot and I don't really recommend it as one unless you share a mutual passion for military history.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed this museum because it was interesting to learn about the great wars from another perspective. There were lots of guns and weapons from the time period. It's in a lovely area and next to Napoleon's II tomb. Within walking distance to the Rodin museum as well

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

I went to go see the WW II exhibit and went into the medieval armor exhibit on a whim. It was fascinating. The art and technology involved in making armor will give you a new impression of the 17th century. Especially interesting was the intricacy of the fire arms. It would take you several days to give this museum justice so be sure prioritize if you are on limited time.

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