Definitive guide

Musée de l’Armée

Paris’ Army Museum, the Musée de l'Armée, is one of the most complete and largest arms and military history museums in the world

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The Musée de l’Armée - French for Army Museum - is the national military museum of France. It is part of Les Invalides complex, and it consists of seven departments that illustrate military history from the Middle Ages to the 20th century (up to the two World Wars).

A visit to the Musée de l’Armée and the other museums in the complex require prior booking, so we suggest you reserve your ticket immediately - you can do so here .

Musée de l’Armée in Paris
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The Army Museum was actually created in 1905 as the result of a merger between the Musée d’Artillerie (Weapons Museum) and the Musée Historique de l’Armée (Military History Museum). The Musée de l’Armée is also associated with the Musée des Plans-Reliefs (Museum of Military Models). In there, you’ll be able to appreciate hundreds of city models used for military conquest as far back as the 17th century.

The museum’s spaces are as follows.

  • Main CourtyardThis is where a large portion of the artillery holdings are kept. It includes a display of cannons, howitzers, and mortars.
  • Armour and WeaponsHere are arms dating back to the 13th-17th centuries. It includes crown collections, Mediaeval military artefacts, and antique armaments.
  • Modern DepartmentThis is an area dedicated to the military and socio-political history of France between 1643 and 1870. It includes regiment equipment, weapons, and arms.
  • Contemporary DepartmentA section dedicated to the story of the French Army between 1871 and 1945. It includes soldiers' uniforms, everyday objects, and prestige pieces from the two World Wars.
  • Charles de Gaulle MonumentA multimedia space dedicated to French officer and statesman Charles de Gaulle.
  • Cabinets InsolitesThis is where the military models, figurines, and special collections are held.

Location

Rue de Grenelle 129, 7th arrondissement.

Tickets and price

The entry ticket for the Musée de l’Armée is one with the other sites at Les Invalides. Like many other establishments in Paris, the 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 .

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

A regular ticket gives visitors access to the Musée de l’Armée, the church of the Dome, the tomb of Napoleon I, the current temporary exhibitions, the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération and the Musée des Plans-Reliefs.

Alternatively, if you have a Paris Museum Pass, you can enter for free. The Pass lets you skip the queues and enter the most important sites in the city for free. If you don’t already have one, we strongly recommend getting a Museum Pass - which you can do here - to save yourself time and money.

Schedule

Days
Mon, Wed-Sun
Tue
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

Transport

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

Nearby sights

Being part of Les Invalides, the Musée de l’Armée is close to all the other museums and areas of the complex, including the following.

  • Musée des Plans-Reliefs.
  • Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine.
  • Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération.
  • Saint-Louis-des-Invalides Cathedral.
  • Dôme des Invalides Chapel.
  • Institution Nationale des Invalides.

Outside of Les Invalides, you’ll also find the following.


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