The Army Museum, or the Musée de l'Armée - Invalides, is one of France's largest military museums. Set in a prestigious location of the Hôtel National des Invalides, the museum was established in 1905 as part of a merger with the Musée d'Artillerie, which opened its doors in 1796.

Today, the Army Museum spans 8,000 square metres, with a museum and 2 churches. Inside, the collection numbers hundreds of thousands of objects on display, all organised by theme. The Dome Church is striking, with fine workmanship that includes a soaring lantern and fresco-style walls. The site also is home to the tombs of Emperor Napoleon.

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The Army Museum boasts an architecture style that is Classique in nature. Inside, visitors will find various pieces from suits of armour to guns, swords and more, on display. There are also exhibits highlighting the different wars, including World Wars I and II, and what led to other major battles around the world.

Rounding out the programming at The Army Museum are a range of events from concerts to cinema sessions, talks and more. Over the years, exhibits, such as 'Cadets de Gascogne!' and 'Napoleon Again', have continued to engage and cultivate discussion.

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Other interesting exhibitions at The Army Museum that may pique your interest include 'The Old Monarchy: from the Battle of Rocroi to the Revolution' and 'From the Revolution to the First Restoration'.

As for dining, the museum offers Le Carré des Invalides café-restaurant and the Angelina Tea Room at the foot of the Dôme des Invalides, featuring a selection of pastries, its famous hot chocolate and interesting decor that includes an evocation of Napoleon’s tomb. There is also a bookstore and shop for visitors who want to pick up a few military souvenirs.

The Army Museum

Location: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Phone: +33 (0)8 10 11 33 99