Discovery Tours of the Army Museum Guided tour

Hôtel National des Invalides - Duration 1h45

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This guided tour will help you discover one of the most prestigious monuments of Paris at the heart of the city, specially known as the location of Napoleon’s Tomb.

The Hotel des Invalides was founded by Louis XIV to accommodate the veterans and wounded soldiers. Today it hosts one of the largest collections of weapons and armory in the world dating from ancient times to the present day.

Led by a guide, you will discover the history and the architecture of this emblematic and historical place for France. You will see, for example, one of the most beautiful pieces of the 16th century collection: the armor of François 1er, weighing more than 30 kilos (!). Your guide will also show you the famous painting of Napoleon by French painter Ingres, which shows the Emperor Napoleon 1st in coronation costume on the imperial throne.

Then you will have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Cathedral of Saint-Louis, which was originally the soldiers’ church and is connected directly to the Dome of Invalides. There, under the Dome, you will be able to contemplate the impressive Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte and the guide will tell you all about the legends surrounding the death of the Emperor in 1821 in Sainte-Hélène.

For your visit's comfort, your ticket includes the access to collections and temporary exhibitions. It will allow you to continue your exploration of the Musée de l'Armée in complete freedom at the end of your guided tour.

Useful information

Health and safety measures related to COVID-19:
Wearing a mask (not provided) is recommended but not compulsory.
- Since March 14th, 2022, the Vaccine Pass is not required to access the Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides anymore.
- Hydroalcoholic gel is made available in the museum spaces.

Additional information:
- The guided tour lasts around an hour and a half.
- Religious ceremonies can be organized at the Cathedral of Saint-Louis, that’s why Cultival cannot guarantee systematic access to this church.
- Thank you to arrive 20 minutes before the hour of your visit.
- Do not forget to print your countermarks, you need it for the access the site

MEETING POINT: Inside the South reception of the Museum, on the left side of the Dôme (Entrance : 2, place Vauban - 75007 Paris)
  • PMR Access
  • Coffea or/and restaurant inside

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Hôtel National des Invalides
2 place Vauban, Paris 75007


Métro :
La Tour-Maubourg (ligne 8)
Invalides (ligne 8)
Varennes (ligne 13)

Invalides (RER C)

Bus : lignes 28, 63, 69, 82, 83, 92, 93