The exterior of the building at Les Invalides is impressive enough, but the museum depicting the history of war and Napoleon’s tomb takes the experience to a new level.
Museum at Les Invalides
The museum is your basic historical depiction of armor, weapons and art. When in the exhibit be sure to look around at your surroundings to take in the art painted on the walls as the interior of the building itself is worth a walk through. Some of the weapons and armor are quite impressive as well, from pistols with three barrels to armor suited for a child under ten.
The tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte is quite extravagant with a well laid out structure to building, gilded ceilings and altars and perhaps the largest actual tomb you’ll ever see. The side rooms where others are entombed are as impressive with their different colored stained glass casting a single colored glow over the room creating a unique visual experience.
Current use of Les Invalides
The building does have areas that are still in use for disabled veterans, as it was originally designed to do. This includes a retirement home and an area for medical treatment.
Getting to Les Invalides
Line 8, Latour-Maubourg, Invalides
Line 13, Saint-François-Xavier, Invalides, Varenne
RER : line C, “Invalides” stop
Bus lines: 28, 63, 69, 80, 82, 83, 87, 92, 93, Balabus.
Hop-on-Hop-off bus tours also have stops just outside the building.
Opening Times for Les Invalides
From October 1st to March 31st : Monday through Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday: 10:00 to 17:30
From April 1st to June 14th, and from September 16th to September 30th : Monday through Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30
From June 15th to September 15th: every day, from 10:00 to 19:00
Ticket prices to visit Les Invalides
Regular ticket : 9 €
Discount ticket : 7 € – war veterans, for everybody from 5 pm and on Tuesday evenings, groups with prior reservation, Paris Visite (card + travel coupon, during the validity period)
Free ticket: children under 18 years old and 18 to 25 years old nationals of the European Union
Entrance is free and there is no need to wait in the ticket line if you have a Paris Museum Pass