Museum of the Army and Tomb of Napoleon
Hôtel national des Invalides
129 rue de Grenelle
Tel: +33 (0)8 10 11 33 99
1st April to 30th September: 10.00 - 18.00
1st October to 31st March: 10.00 - 17.00
Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 1st November & 25th December
Please check with the museum about disabled access
Paris Pass Benefits:
Free Entry to Museum of the Army and Tomb of Napoleon with the Paris Pass
Normal Entry Price: Adult: €9.50
The Musée de L'Armée at Les Invalides was originally built by Louis XIV as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers. It now houses the Tomb of Napoleon and the museum of the Army of France. The museum has a huge collection of military paraphernalia dating from antiquity to the present day.
The Musée de L'Armée was established in 1905 by merging the Artillery Museum and the Historical Army Museum. It contains 500,000 objects, including weapons, armour, artillery, uniforms, emblems and paintings.
The other big attraction is the magnificent Tomb of Napoléon; Napoléon passed away in 1821, on the island of St Helena, where he had been in exile since 1815. He was buried in a valley beneath the shade of weeping willows. His remains rested there until October 15th 1840 when King Louis-Philippe ordered the emperor’s body be returned to France.
The Tomb of Napoléon was designed by the architect Visconti (1791-1853). It is made from red porphyry with a green granite base and circled by a crown of laurels and inscriptions of the great victories of the Empire. The body of the Emperor was laid in the tomb on April 2nd 1861.
The Paris Pass gives you free entry to this impressive tomb and military history museum – a saving of 9.50 Euros.