The Musée de l’Armée or the Army Museum, which is located in the Hôtel National des Invalides is one of the most visited tourist attractors in the city of Paris. This iconic museum was created in the early 19th Century right after the World Fair. Another fascinating fact several tourists do not know about this structure is that the merger of Musée d’Artillerie and Musée de l’Armée urged Paris city officials to build this Army Museum.
The Musée de l’Armée of Paris, which is made up of two churches and a museum extends over 8000 square meters and it houses 500,000 unique objects that will make your Invalides World Wars tour a lot more memorable and exciting. In fact, the collection of an abundant number of objects makes Musée de l’Armée the largest military history museum in France and one of the leading military history museums in the world.
The permanent collections of objects that are housed inside this museum are chronologically organized in ‘historical’ collections by representing their respective periods and time. Tourists who are going on the first Invalides World Wars tour will be amazed to see objects of historical significance from the middle ages to the mid-nineteenth century in the halls and rooms of this historic Army Museum. In addition to these objects, the thematic collection of objects that belongs to distinctive themes such as military decorations, painting, and emblems, will also be an absolute treat for tourists who love history.
It is impossible to see all the 500,000 objects in the museum in a single day, which means that it is best to compile a list of objects you want to see before visiting the museum and stick to the list. This will enable you to make the most of your Invalides World Wars trip with utmost comfort.
The Dome Church
Once you have finished seeing the objects housed in the museum, you should move to the Dome Church. The famous Dome Church in the Musée de l’Armée, which was designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart between 1677 and 1735, is a sight you should not miss while you are touring Paris with your friends and family members. The impressive architecture of the Dome Church will make you realize why this structure was regarded as one of the finest architectures of religious buildings.
The Dome Church of Musée de l’Armée is undoubtedly a real military pantheon with several monumental tombs that contain Vauban’s heart, the heart of La Tour d’Auvergn, and the remains of Turenne. Apart from that, this famous Dome Church also contains the tombs of Emperor Napoleon I, his son, his brothers Jérome and Joseph Bonaparte, marshalls Foch and Lyautey, generals Duroc and Bertrand, and more.
After strolling through the church and exploring the different objects in the Musée de l’Armée, head straight to the restaurant in the building and treat yourself to a fine Parisian cuisine. If you are an avid reader, you should also check out the bookstore inside the museum. You will be able to see famous works of several renowned artists here. Note that the Army Museum also organizes plenty of educational activities, so you can have your kids busy and entertained throughout the day too.
You can also find audio guides in eight different languages such as Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, French, and English that will help you to know more about the museum and the objects that are housed inside it. You can also have a Paris tour guide to know more about interesting facts about the different objects in the museum.
If you love to know more about the fascinating wars that were fought in France during the reign of Napoleon and after his demise, your Paris tour guide can help you with that too. Tourists who are on their first Invalides World Wars tour will love to hear about the spark that set of the World War, particularly the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Tourists will be also able to see the uniforms, weapons, equipment, and other artifacts that were used on the battlefields by soldiers.
In addition to that, your Paris tour guide will also discuss successful events in the history of France such as Dunkerque, the Occupation of Paris, and Ligne Maginot. You can even learn about powerful historic figures like De Gaulle and Pétain, who played a crucial part in the victory of France during the war. The duration of your Invalides World Wars tours will be around 1.5 to 2 hours and your guide will accompany you from the outside of the main gate of Invalides. So, get ready for a memorable Invalides World Wars tour and explore the rich history of France and about the famous personalities who played a key role in bringing peace back to France and Europe.