Les Invalides Tours

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Built under the orders of Louis XIV beginning in 1670, Les Invalides—formally known as the Hôtel National des Invalides—was created as a hospital and care facility for wounded war veterans. Today, the site still serves that purpose, though the sprawling complex also comprises several museums, numerous courtyards, and Paris’ tallest dome.

The Basics
Located in the seventh arrondissement, Les Invalides is one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks, and welcomes millions of visitors each year. In addition to its practical functions, the complex also contains three museums: the Musée de l’Armée (one of the world’s biggest collections dedicated to military history and art), the Musée des Plans-Reliefs (which contains historical models of fortified cities), and the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération (a small museum that explores the French Resistance during World War II).

The jewel of Les Invalides is the Dôme des Invalides, which was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Considered a masterpiece of French Baroque architecture, the church’s gilded dome is, at 351 feet (107 meters) high, the loftiest in Paris. Within, the church houses the tombs of notable figures—most famously that of Napoleon Bonaparte. For those looking to explore further, Les Invalides is a frequent stop on hop-on hop-off bus tours; walking tour itineraries, meanwhile, make it simpler to navigate the enormous site, and also frequently include skip-the-line privileges.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A Les Invalides ticket includes entry to the Dôme (and the Tomb of Napoleon), the Saint-Louis Cathedral, the Charles de Gaulle Monument, and all three museums.
  • In addition to its permanent collection, the Musée de l’Armée also hosts temporary exhibitions.
  • Les Invalides is a popular destination for architecture lovers and history buffs, particularly those who are fascinated by military history.

How to Get There
Visitors can take Métro lines 8 or 13, or the RER C, to the Invalides stop. Les Invalides is also easily accessible on foot from other nearby attractions, including the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

When to Get There
The Invalides complex is open daily from 7am–7:30pm (except on Tuesdays from April–September, when it closes at 9pm). Individual museums and on-site attractions have a range of visiting hours (and holiday closures), so be sure to research opening times in advance. Les Invalides also hosts and participates in a number of events throughout the year, including the International Automobile Festival, Nuit Blanche, Night at Les Invalides, concerts and film screenings, and more.

Les Invalides and the French Revolution
Les Invalides played an important role in the French Revolution: a mob stormed the site and took thousands of weapons, including guns and cannons, before continuing onward to the Bastille.


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Address: 129 rue de Grenelle, Paris 75700, France
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Skip the Line: Paris Army Museum and Tomb of Napoleon

Trace the triumphs and tragedies of French military history at the Army Museum in Paris, located in the historic Invalides. Learn about the conflicts and leaders who shaped the political landscape of Europe as you browse more than half a million objects, from antique armor and battle scene paintings to weapons used in the French Revolution and World War II. Pay tribute to the most famous of French commanders at the tomb of Napoleon I inside the elaborate Dome Church. Until 20th January 2019, enjoy the "In the East War without end, 1918-1923" exhibition included on this tour.
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Invalides Army Museum and Cathedral Private Tour

Take a private peek inside one of Paris's most distinctive landmarks on a 2.5-hour tour of the gold-domed Invalides complex, including the Cathedral of Saint-Louis and the Dôme des Invalides — site of Napoleon's tomb. Trace the military history of France, from the armies of King Louis XIV to Napoleon's rise to Emperor, all the way to the French Resistance and D-Day Normandy landings. See original military artifacts and hear fascinating tales of combat and conquest from your private guide.
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2-Hour Paris Private Tour: Napoleon Bonaparte and Les Invalides

Immerse yourself into the life of Napoleon Bonaparte on this private tour themed around France's most famed military leader. With a private guide, learn about his victories and failures as you explore Paris through his eyes. Finish with a visit to his mausoleum at Les Invalides, where you’ll have skip-the-line access.
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Enjoy free entry to more than 60 top Paris attractions with the Paris Pass—a flexible sightseeing pass that lets you visit the sites that interest you most. Take advantage of skip-the-line entry to Parisian showstoppers like the Louvre Museum and Centre Pompidou, and make the most of free entry to the Palace of Versailles and more. Choose from a 2, 3, 4- or 6-day pass; all include additional free sightseeing tours and unlimited public transport on select services. Hop-on hop-off ticket is valid for 1-day.
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Napoleon and French Military History: Invalides and Dome Church Tour

Take a jaunt through fascinating French military history on a guided tour of Les Invalides in Paris, where Napoleon is buried. Inside the striking gold-domed complex, trace the story of combat and conflict, from the Sun King's armies to the Napoleonic conquests and the French Resistance during Nazi occupation. Tour the exhibits and armories with a guide and small group of no more than 20.
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Napoleon, the Man and the Legend: Full-Day Tour Including Arc de Triomphe

Explore attractions related to Napoleon Bonaparte on this Paris tour. You'll follow the footsteps of this legendary man as you visit Les Invalides, home to the army museum and Napoleon's tomb. Plus see Chateau de Malmaison and the Arc de Triomphe to learn why these sites are significant to Napoleon's life and legacy.
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3-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour by Minibus

With limited time in Paris, this private tour ensures you maximize your time and cover all the most popular sights in just three hours. Drive along the Left Bank and through the Latin Quarter, stopping to admire the Eiffel Tower, Pantheon, and the Jardin du Luxembourg. Cross to the Île de la Cité to see Notre-Dame Cathedral, then continue to Right Bank attractions including the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, and the Champs-Élysées.
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Paris Segway Tour with Ticket for Seine River Cruise

Experience Paris by Segway, then enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Seine. Buzz around the streets of Paris on a self-balancing stand-up electric vehicle, following your guide to view some of the city's top attractions such as the Champs Elysses, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Cover ground quickly as you zip and zoom along sidewalks, learning about the various sights as you go. Afterward see the 'City of Lights' from an entirely new vantage point with a boat ride along the River Seine, Paris's main commercial waterway.
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Skip-the-line & Private Guided Tour: Les Invalides Dome Louis XIV & Napoleon

Delve into France’s military history by going on a private tour of Musée de l’Armée. Take the stress out of waiting in long visitor lines by having skip-the-line entrance tickets included. By exploring the museum with a private guide, you won’t have to study floor plans, and you'll be taken straight to the highlights. Visit the cathedral that King Louis XIV built for his former troops, and see Napoleon’s tomb.
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Skip-the-line & Semi-Private Guided Tour: Les Invalides Dome Louis XIV & Napoleon

Les Invalides World War Museum is one of the most fascinating military museums in France, housed in the magnificent Hôtel des Invalides along the Seine riverfront. On this tour, benefit from a small group size and plenty of opportunities to talk with your guide and ask questions. Explore the exhibitions relating to Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, and Napoleon Bonaparte, then visit the magnificent Dôme des Invalides and see Napoleon I’s tomb.
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Half day Paris Tour with private driver and guide

Explore the most famous monuments of Paris in comfort and style on a private, 4-hour tour. Travel with a local driver and guide in a Mercedes minivan, stopping as often as you like to snap photos and learn the history of iconic sights like Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur Basilica, Luxembourg Gardens and more. It’s a great, personalized introduction to the City of Lights.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skip-the-line & Private Guided Tour: Les Invalides World War Museum

Calling all history-buffs: this exclusive private tour of the Musée de l’Armée gives skip-the-line access to a vast collection of one-of-a-kind relics and documentation from both world wars. Listen to detailed background from your guide on the roots of the deadly global conflicts while getting a peek at the real-life objects that played key roles—including the train car where the armistice was signed.
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Guided Tour of Napoleon's Tomb and the Army Museum

On a tour to Les Invalides in the 7th arrondisement of Paris, learn about the city's army history with a look at the Army Museum and the Cathedral of Saint-Louis. With a guide, you'll hear about the death of Napoleon Bonaparte as you visit the site of his tomb under the dome of Invalides.
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Skip-the-line & Semi-Private Guided Tour: Les Invalides World War Museum

Les Invalides World War Museum is one of the most fascinating military museums in France, housed in the magnificent Hôtel des Invalides along the Seine riverfront. On this tour, benefit from a small group size and plenty of opportunities to talk with your guide and ask questions. Learn about Franz Ferdinand and the Franco-Prussian War, explore the WWI and WWII exhibitions, and follow key events like the Battle of the Marne and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
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Paris Bike Tour with Spanish Guide

Spin through the city streets like a local and explore the French capital in style on this approximately 3-hour fat tire bike tour in Paris. Follow your guide through the city to top attractions such as Napoleon’s tomb and Les Invalides, the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower. Cycle along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed banks of the Seine River and stop for a break among the trees in the pretty Tuileries Gardens. Admire the Arc de Triomphe, the Orsay Museum and more, and learn of their history from your guide.
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