The Musée des Plans-Reliefs is a brilliantly eccentric museum devoted to an intricate and largely forgotten craft.

Created in 1943, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs houses around 100 models of French and foreign towns of strategic importance.

In 1668, under the instruction of Louis XIV, a minister created a relief-map, that is, a three dimensional map of a French fortress, in order to give military commanders a better idea of the particular castle. This saw the start of a great collection of these models, which was to become richer each year for more than two centuries.

The king’s engineers built relief-maps of all the fortresses the military was, or might be concerned with both inside and outside France. The purpose of this was not only strategic but as proof of the power of the monarchy and as commemorative works of great battles and sieges.

The Musée des Plans-Reliefs collection was first kept in the Tuileries, and then moved to the Louvre in 1700. A preservation order was placed on it in 1927. The production of these relief-maps only ceased in 1870 as fortifications with bastions began to disappear and it became less militarily important to know their precise dimensions.

The collection at the Musée des Plans-Reliefs really is amazing; it is a must see for military enthusiasts and lovers of genius eccentricity. Come experience this incredible museum with the Paris Pass.

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It was my second time using a Paris Pass, I would do so again with no hesitation. I recommend the Paris Pass, London Pass etc. to all my friends who are traveling to such places. I have used the Paris Pass twice and the London Pass once. They work great, save me time and money, but more importantly time.
Randall Howard from United States

The best idea ever! No line ups, subway passes, museum passes! Having the Paris pass was a terrific! We weren't familiar with Paris and by having the 2 day hop on, hop off pass, it enabled us to get the lay of the land first! The subway pass was terrific as you go can anywhere! We took a beautiful river boat cruise down the Seine! The best part of the pass was getting into all of the museums without lining up!! The line ups were really long and it was really hot, so walking to the front and just going in paid off royally!!
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1st October - 31st March
Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
1st April - 30th September
Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00

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