Army Museum

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This national military museum was established in 1905 following the merging of the Army History Museum and Artillery Museum. It is touted to be the nation's largest military museum and is among the world's three biggest arms museum. Set in the Hôtel National des Invalides, Musée de l'Armée has a chronological collection of artifacts which are segregated into paintings, emblems, objects, weapons and military decorations. It is divided into seven main venues according to the different eras. Explore the artillery pieces in the Main Courtyard or check out the Old Department where you surely will get enthralled by the weapons and armor covering the 13th to the 17th Centuries. The themed rooms of the Modern Department will give you an insight on not only the military but also the sociopolitical and economic history of France from 1643-1870. Don't miss the Dôme des Invalides, which is the tomb of Napoleon I and a royal chapel. Get to know the story of the French army during the two great world wars in the Contemporary Department. While the Cathedral of Saint-Louis Des Invalides built for the king and his soldiers will impress you with its architecture. Finally the Charles de Gaulle Monument is an interactive venue about this great French leader. No matter which space you visit, you will definitely find this museum interesting with its rich combatant history.

Location:  129 rue de Grenelle

Business hours:  Apr-Oct - Mo-Su 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Nov-Mar - Mo-Su 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.