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Army Museum & Invalides: Priority Entrance Tickets

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Get skip the line access to Musée de l'armée (the Army Museum) Paris' national military museum located in Les Invalides. It is home to 24 technical, symbolic and aesthetic motifs that are all linked to French military history, from the late Middle Ages all the way up to World War II.

Highlights

  • Get skip the line access to the Army Museum in Paris and see the famed Napoleon's Tomb in Les Invalides.
  • See the amazing collection of French military treasures, beginning with the late Middle Ages, all the way up to World War II.
  • With a validity of 1 year from the time of purchase, you can visit the museum at any time within this period and comfortably plan out your trip.
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What to Expect

Les Invalides, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, is a building complex that contains monuments and museums all relating to the military history of France, as well as serving as a retirement home and hospital for war veterans, which was the building's original purpose. Among the more famous museums housed here is the Army Museum (Musée de l'armée), and the tallest church in Paris, the Dôme des Invalides, which is home to Napoleon's tomb.

The Army Museum (Musée de l'armée) is home to a rich and varied French national military legacy. Created in 1905 by the merging of Musée d'Artillerie and the Musée Historique de l'Armée, it houses 500,000 artifacts that include armor, weapons, uniforms, artillery, paintings, and emblems. The permanent collections have been organized into historical collections that represent a chronological tour from ancient times up to World War II.

A former church, the Dôme des Invalides is the tallest structure at the center of the Les Invalides complex, standing at 107 meters high. Designed in the French Baroque style by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, it was the designated resting place for Napoleon's remains, which you can see in Napoleon's tomb. Napoleon's remains were brought back to France from St. Helena in 1840, which is where he had been in exile since 1815. The tomb itself is sculpted from blocks of red quartzite and placed on a green Vosges granite base, is surrounded by a laurel crown and inscriptions referring to the Empire's great victories. Don't miss out on a viewing of this enigmatic monument when you are here.

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Inclusions

  • Skip the line entry to the Invalides and Musée de l'armée.
  • Access to Dôme des Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb.
  • Access to the Museum of Relief Maps and the Museum of the Order of Liberation.
  • Access to the Cour d'Honneur (Artillery Collections) and the Saint-Louis des Invalides Cathedral.

Reduced Price Tickets

Children below the age of 18 and EU citizens below the age of 26 may enter for free, provided they show their valid photo ID.

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Know Before You Go

Important Information

There is an underground car park accessible via Esplanade des Invalides.

Timings

The museum is open daily at the following times:

  • 1 April - 31 October: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
  • 1 November - 31 March: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5 PM.

The tills close 30 minutes before the museum closing time.

Please note that the museum is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. During Christmas holidays, the museum is open until 6:00 PM, and during the springtime holidays, the museum is open till 5:30 PM.

In July and August, the Dome Church (tomb of Napoleon I) is open until 7:00 PM.

Getting There

The museum has two entrances - Esplanade des Invalides side, 129 rue de Grenelle, and Place Vauban side.

By Metro/RER: Here are a list of routes you can take to reach the museum by the metro.

  • "La Tour Maubourg" station, line 8 Balard - Créteil, avenue de la Motte-Piquet
  • "Invalides" station, line 8 Balard - Créteil, rue de l'Université
  • "Varennes" station, line 13, Saint-Denis Université/Annières Gennevilliers - Chatillon Montrouge, boulevard des Invalides
  • "Invalides" station, RER C, rue de l'Université
  • "Saint François-Xavier" station, line 13, Saint-Denis Université/Annières Gennevilliers - Chatillon Montrouge, boulevard des Invalides

By Bus: Here are a list of routes you can take to reach the museum by bus.

  • Line 28, Gare Saint-Lazare-Porte d'Orléans, Invalides-La Tour Maubourg stop
  • Line 69, Champ de Mars-Gambetta, Esplanade des Invalides stop
  • Line 82, Neuilly Hôpital américain - Luxembourg, Vauban Hôtel des Invalides stop
  • Line 92, Porte de Champerret - Gare Montparnasse, Vauban-Hôtel des Invalides stop
  • Line 63, Porte de la Muette - Gare de Lyon, Invalides stop
  • Line 83, Friedland-Haumann, Porte d'Ivry, Invalides stop
  • Line 93, Suresnes-De Gaulle - Invalides, Invalides stop

Accessibility

Visitors with motor disabilities can enter on the Place Vauban side.

People with mobility impairments can borrow a wheelchair (subject to availability) at the ticket desk on the Esplanade des Invalides and Place Vauban sides. Proof of identity is required, to be left at the reception desk during your visit.

Toilets are available in the museum areas, and are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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You will receive an email with your Musée de l'armée - Invalides tickets shortly. You may display the tickets on your mobile device at the venue on the day of the experience.

Validity

These tickets are valid for a year from the date of purchase.

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