In the 17th century, King Louis XIV built a home for war veterans who were no longer able to return to civilian life. And so the Invalides museum was born: a building that is classical, imposing, and sober all at the same time. What better place than this, a place which was once used to care for former soldiers, to house a museum dedicated to military history? With a ticket to the Army Museum in the Hôtel des Invalides you will gain access to a large part of military history - not just European, but also Oriental.
The ‘Old Department’ contains European and Oriental weapons and armor from the 13th-17th centuries. Several of these pieces are unique to this collection, such as the perfectly preserved medieval suits of armor. You can see the “Lion armor” for example, which is believed to have belonged to King Francis I of France.
The ‘Modern Department’ of the Army Museum tells the military history from the reign of Louis XIV to Napoleon III, or from the 17th through to the 19th century. As you follow the progression of the displays you will come across the introduction of gunpowder and standing armies. And among the rare items from this era, you will be able to see thesword carried by Napoleon I at the Battle of Austerlitz.
The ‘Contemporary Department’ of the Army Museum Paris focuses primarily on the two World Wars which shook Europe during the 20th century. There you can see moving evidence of these dark years which are still remembered by so many of us, with items such as the kepi worn by General Leclerc, one of the heroes of the Second World War, are on public display here.
But your ticket into the Army Museum is also a passport to many other discoveries which are just waiting to be made. The unusual cabinets, for example, are home to many figurines, scale models, and musical instruments made for drummers and military fanfares.
Do you want to save on time? Book your Skip-the-Line ticket for the Paris Army Museum online, and avoid waiting in line for hours: you will be able to collect your tickets directly from our ticket office, giving you a fast pass into all the different collections on display in the museum.
Visit the Hôtel National des Invalides at your own pace and learn about an iconic part of France's history
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