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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. A visit to The Army Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paris itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A museum with documentation (in the broad sense) off standard on all periods of history.. .with a capital H! Each visitor can choose his favorite time for visit in integer once seems infeasible except to fly over the presented collections.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Interesting museum covering a lot of history. A lot of the information is only in French so the multimedia guide comes in very handy.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Impresses with greatness and grandeur of the tomb of Napoleon. One more bit of history that's worth it. Located at the Hotel National des Invalides, Napoleon's crypt is absurdly big and stands out in the central part of the building, lower level surrounded by beautiful statues and columns. You can also meet the Army Museum with swords, armor and guns. The garden is beautiful, as well as the architecture of the building.
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  • September 5, 2017
    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.
  • September 7, 2017
    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
  • September 6, 2017
    Amazing museum! One of the best displays I have ever seen put together. My only regret is not allotting enough time to see everything.
  • August 15, 2017
    Amazing historical journey through France's military past. The WW1 and WW2 exhibit was comprehensive and full of artifacts from the time. Napoleon's tomb is very impressive too.
  • July 28, 2017
    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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