Les Invalides

Designed as a retirement home for French veterans, the complex of Les Invalides is today Napoleon’s burial home, one of the most well-known French figures.

Formally known as the Hôtel national des Invalides, Les Invalides is a complex comprising of museums, monuments, a veterans’ home, and a hospital all dedicated to the military history of France.

Les Invalides Paris
Les Invalides complex stretches for about 450 metres (almost 1,500 feet).

The complex is famous for its architectural value, the artworks within, and its role in honouring the French Armed Forces and Napoleon’s figure. Its project was first drafted in 1670, and although it was inaugurated in 1678, the complex was truly completed in 1706.

Les Invalides complex includes the following areas.

  • Musée de l’Armée, the military museum of the Army of France.
  • Musée des Plans-Reliefs, the museum of military models.
  • Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine, a 20th century history and archive.
  • Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération, a museum dedicated to the French Order of the Liberation of France during World War II.
  • Saint-Louis-des-Invalides Cathedral.
  • The golden Dôme des Invalides chapel, which houses the tomb of Napoleon, along with many others.
  • Institution Nationale des Invalides, the national institution for disabled war veterans.

For crowd control reasons, a visit to the complex requires prior booking, so we suggest you reserve your ticket immediately.


Rue de Grenelle 129, 7th arrondissement

Tickets and price

Like many other establishments in Paris, Les Invalides complex requires prior booking for visitors. That means that if you don’t reserve your entry, you won’t be able to visit the complex. You can [book your ticket here]( https://www.getyourguide.com/paris-l16/paris-full-day-military-history-art-collection-tour-t70627/?partner_id=IG4VKS7&utm_medium=online_publisher&placement=content-top&cmp=Inline .

Type Regular Under 18 or EEA citizen under 26 Reduced*
Cost €14.00 free €11.00

A regular ticket includes 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.

If, along with Les Invalides complex you plan on visiting other museums and monuments, we highly recommend the Paris Museum Pass, which will give you free access to all the most important sights in the city. [You can get yours here]( https://www.getyourguide.com/paris-l16/paris-museum-pass-t49746/?partner_id=IG4VKS7&utm_medium=online_publisher&placement=content-top&cmp=Inline . With the pass you won’t even have to reserve your entry to Les Invalides, just go with your Museum Pass.


Mon, Wed-Sun
1.01, 1.05, 25.12
Days Opening time Last admission Closure
Mon, Wed-Sun 10:00 am 5:30 pm 6:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am 8:30 pm 9:00 pm
1.01, 1.05, 25.12 closed closed closed


Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 8, 13 28, 49, 63, 69, 82, 83, 87, 92 C
Stops Invalides - Invalides

Nearby sights

Musée de l’Armée, just south of Les Invalides.

Musée Rodin, just east of Les Invalides .

Champs de Mars, 1 km (0.6 miles) west, 13-minute walk.

Musée des Égouts, 1.1 km (almost 0.7 miles) north, 15-minute walk.

Musée d’Orsay, 1.6 km (1 mile) north-east, 20-minute walk.

Author: 1 Les Invalides complex stretches for about 450 metres (almost 1,500 feet).

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