Les Invalides: Napoleon’s Tomb and Army Museum Entrance

Overview

Welcome to Napoleon’s Tomb and Army Museum in Paris. Step back through French military history at Paris’s Hôtel National des Invalides. Originally a 17th-century veteran’s hospital, this national icon now houses the musée de l’Armée’s legendary collection.
Wander centuries-old halls lined with over 500,000 artifacts, from medieval armor to 21st-century gear. Spot Napoleon’s tomb beneath the elegant gilt dome. Interactive experiences plunge you into pivotal Gallic battles.
The Special Forces L’exposition exhibit interweaves new artifacts honoring French commandos with the ages-old traditions underpinning the nation’s defense. For history enthusiasts, the hotel offers an unparalleled chance to watch Gallic might evolve across 30 generations.

Highlights

Explore the history of France in great detail by using one of the biggest collections of artifacts and military history. Napoleon I’s grave is located beneath the imposing golden Dôme des Invalides. Don’t miss it.

  • Discover one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris right in the heart of the city
  • Visit the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Dome Church
  • See the arms and armor collection, one of the largest in the world

Included/Excluded

  • Permanent collections
  • Dome Church (Napoleon's tomb)
  • Museum of Plans-Reliefs
  • Museum of l'Ordre de la Libération
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Guided tour
  • Multimedia guide
  • Your entry ticket gives access to family activities provided there are places available and you buy a child ticket (8€ per child)
  • Free tickets are necessary to enter but only available onsite

Tour Plan

What to Expect

From swords to satellites, the musée’s collection awes and educates about the struggles and glories forging France’s destiny. Lose yourself for hours, even days, immersed within weaponry, uniforms, fine art, photography, and more encapsulating what it has meant—and still means—to be part of France’s military heritage over 1000 years.

Meeting Point

Avoid the long queue at the cashdesk, you can enter the Invalides and show your tickets to enter the museums. As the Invalides gathers multiple museums and the Dome, you might have to show your ticket to enter each part of the site. Keep the ticket with you until the end of the visit.

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Additional Info

Know before you go:

  • Access to the site by the Esplanade des Invalides
  • Due to works, the First and Second World War areas are exceptionally closed to the public from 9 January to 30 June 2023. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • Cloakrooms are closed
  • The museum admission is free for those under 18 years of age and for EU citizens under 26 years but they will need ticket to enter. Ticket can only be bought onsite at the museum cashdesk
  • Be aware that the tills will close 30 minutes before the museum closed
  • Closed dates: January 1, May 1, and December 25
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation

  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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