Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today I’d like to introduce the Invalides, the army museum in Paris. It’s also famous for having the Emperor Napoleon’s tomb.
Located near Alexander bridge, the museum is very noticeable with its golden roof.
The museum doesn’t look that big outside, but once you step in, you would be surprised there are more things to see than your expectation. From swords to military outfit, you will see everything you can imagine about the French military.
Before you get in there’s a security check like other museums in Paris. The security check is outside the building, thus you will be exposed the Sun and these days we’re experiencing unusual heatwave in Paris. The temperature goes up upto 35-36 degree during the day. I would recommend you to bring something to protect you from excessive exposure to the Sun such as a hat or a parasol.
Invalides consists of three parts: an army museum, which exhibit french army history and weapons; A temporary exhibition, a salon with military theme-based exhibition; The tomb of Napoleon, which is one of the important place in this museum. It would take about 3-4 hours if you go through the museum thoroughly.
Each room has interesting features. Weapons, uniforms, or paintings are categorized and exhibited according to important wars in French history. Also, there’s a miniature room which showed French armies in different time in miniature.
In the temporary exhibition room, there’s an exhibition of Pablo Picasso and his masterpieces about war and military is going on until . Personally, this exhibition got my whole attention not only because there was a painting of Korean war but also there were interesting things to see. For example, the fact that Picasso advised the army how to paint military tools to camouflage such as artilleries since he was a famous painter.
Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂
Address : Rond-Point du Bleuet de France, 75007 Paris
Hours : 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ticket : museum access ticket 12,00 € (adult) /free entry for museum pass holders