The Hôtel des Invalides, 350 years of history

Hôtel National des Invalides
On the occasion of its 350th anniversary, the Hôtel National des Invalides opens its doors to you during a guided tour that will allow you to discover the life of the residents as you wander through the different spaces, which now house the impressive collection of the Army Museum. Built by Louis XIV in 1670, the Hôtel national des Invalides has retained its primary function as a hospital for wounded soldiers until today.

Your tour guide will first take you to the old refectories which now house a collection of uniforms spanning several centuries. You will then take the route leading to the rooms, which now house the modern section of the Army Museum. Your visit continues on the fourth floor, in the former granary, now the Musée des Plans-reliefs ("Relief Plan Museum") and then in the Cour d'Honneur ("Court of Honour"), which is replete with many secrets and period souvenirs such as the boot-shaped graffiti left by a resident. In fact, the residents participated in the life of the site by working in shoemaking workshops, illumination, tapestry ...

In the second part of your visit, your guide will take you to the Cathedral Saint-Louis des Invalides and to a place usually closed to the public, the Governors' crypt. From there, a passageway will take you directly to the majestic Dome church, which has housed the imposing tomb of Napoleon I since 1861.

For your convenience, your ticket includes the access to the collections and temporary exhibitions so that you can continue your exploration of the Army Museum in complete freedom at the end of your guided tour.
Until 13/02/22, Cultival will include a part of the contemporary art tour “Napoleon? Encore!" in your visit. You will discover works of art that query the image of Napoleon, at the same time showcasing the venue's exceptional architecture.
NOTE: Your visit will not be focused on this contemporary art tour. But your guide will be able to show you several major works of art.
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Individual rates

per person
Child (-18years)
per person

Min. billing : 1 per person - Max per group : 25 per person

For preferential rates related to age, proof of identity will be required. Access may be refused in case of non compliance with the age limits.

Essential information

Health and safety measures related to COVID 19:
For visitors over 12 years old, a valid Health Pass (Pass Sanitaire) and an ID document will be required. To get information about the Pass Sanitaire, please refer to the French Government website or the Ministry for Europe and Foreign affairs website.
The Health Pass can be printed or showed on the tousanticovid app. The measure doesn't apply to visitors under 12 y.o.
The Musée de l'Armée wish to offer you a safe, warm welcome and guarantee respect for physical distancing and protective measures to ensure your peace of mind.
Wearing a mask (not provided) is compulsory for visitors over 6 years old, and the tour circuit is designed to respect a one-way traffic flow. Similarly, signage is present throughout the site and recalls the barrier measures to be observed.
For everyone's safety, our guides and the Musée de l'Armée staff will be wearing masks.
Hydroalcoholic gel is made available in the museum spaces.

Additional information
The meeting point is located under the porch of the North reception, at 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris.

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

Formed groups
The slots for formed groups are Monday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:10 a.m. (not available on sunday), 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m.. and Tuesday to Friday at 10:10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m.
Reservation on request by email or phone.

Additional informations

  • Address
    • Hôtel National des Invalides
    • 129 rue de Grenelle
    • 75007 Paris
  • Access
    • Métro :
      La Tour-Maubourg (ligne 8)
      Invalides (ligne 8)
      Varennes (ligne 13)

      RER :
      Invalides (RER C)
    • Bus : lignes 28, 63, 69, 82, 83, 92, 93
  • Practical information
    • Disabled access
    • Bar inside
    • Bar close
    • Taxi stand
    • Restaurant

Booking on demand

Invalides, 350 years of history

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