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The Army Museum, Paris

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View exquisite military pieces spanning from antiquity through the 20th century at The Army Museum. This museum curates the third largest arms collection in the world. Artifacts and contemporary pieces include suits of armor, swords, cannons, guns, and a tank from the 1940s. Learn the history of several wars through the stories told by everyday objects--like postcards and letters from the battlefields of World War I and World War II. Hunt down all 24 significant treasures from the Middle Ages through World War II. One of the treasures is the sword used by Francis I during the 16th century, another is a burgonet from the 1550s worn by Henry II, and a third treasure is the iconic bicorn hat worn by Napoléon I. To visit The Army Museum on your trip to Paris, use our Paris route planning site .
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  • This museum was easy to get to with the tour buses. My son really enjoyed the vast collection of armor and guns. We went mid-week (in the afternoon) and it was not crowded which is a huge plus. I woul...  more »
  • To wanting to visit invalides Les entrance accompanied this museum. which was very interesting, especially the War Museum
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  • This one Museum a must-see place of paris there is the history of France has the domestic and especially there is also the tomb of the Emperor Napoleon, who is a marvel, a must see
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  • Excellent museum. No crowds. Very extensive collection of medieval era, Napoleonic era, and the modern era's weaponry, armor, and other French war artifacts. Layout is great, staff is very friendly, and the exhibits are very informative. Napoleon's tomb is cool and all, but I found the exhibits way more interesting... especially the medieval ones and the WWI exhibit. It'll take about 4-6 hrs to see everything with the audioguide, so arrive early and plan on spending the entire day here if you want to get the most out of it. There are cafes and stuff inside as well.
  • 10 min wait. Pay for the audio tour-it explains a lot about the tomb area and some good info in the museum part. Allow 3 hours to get a good view. Really enjoyed this
  • Really cool military museum, and also houses the tomb of Napoleon. An amazing sight, the tomb in the chapel under a dome surrounded by bas reliefs of his accomplishments. The museum has a great collection of antique arms and armor, as well as a decent world war tour (both 1 and 2) but pales in comparison to the imperial wat museum in London. Nonetheless, it is a huge and impressive structure with a great collection and worth your time to tour (located within Les Invalides)
  • Amazing museum! One of the best displays I have ever seen put together. My only regret is not allotting enough time to see everything.
  • We spent an entire day going through the available museums in this campus. There's a lot to see. A lot. Just when we thought we're done, we'd happen upon another corridor lined with more items and weapons. I won't lie, after a while it all blended together, but we still enjoyed it.

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