Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides

  • Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides

    Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides

    © V.Castro/SipaPress/CRT PIdF

  • Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides

    Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides

    © V.Castro/SipaPress/CRT PIdF

Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides Musée de l'Armée 75007 Paris fr

Through the outstanding collections of the Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum), from the Middle Ages to the present day, get to grips with French military history with a fully up-to-date tour: royal armour and coats of arms, swords, artillery, uniforms, emblems, paintings, photographs, personal effects of great historical figures and much more. The range, scale and chronological period covered by these collections make the Musée de l'Armée one of the most important museums in the world for military art and history.
 
In the vast section covering the two World Wars, there are 4 rooms where visitors can gain a concrete understanding of why the First World War had such a profound impact on those who lived through it, both at the front and at home. The tour begins immediately after the defeat of 1871, when the desire for revenge led to an unprecedented restructuring of the French army and put patriotism at the heart of civic values.

The arms and equipment on display remind us of the extent to which the industrial revolution transformed the conditions of combat. They also demonstrate the brutality of the war for the soldiers, while some of the personal effects in the exhibition reveal the emotional dimension of the conflict. The collections also show the broad range of warring countries, and the opening up of different fronts that transformed this conflict, which began in Europe, into a real world war. They offer contrasting views of the conflict in the section "Grief and victory", before going on to look at the inter-war period.

Film archives and a range of educational materials add further meaning to the objects in the collection, such as the uniforms, arms, vehicles and personal effects that are on display. Walls of posters and photographs, often from private sources, illustrate the specific themes of this conflict. Visitors can also discover a reconstructed 'Taxi de la Marne' (a Renault car used on the front line), a model of the trenches at the front line or the Armistice bugle of 11th November 1918.

How to get there

Museum entrances: 129 rue de Grenelle, Esplanade des Invalides side
Metro station: "La Tour Maubourg" or "Invalides" station (line 8)

Contact

Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides 
129 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
Tél.:  + 33 (0)8 10 11 33 99

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