Army Museum, Paris

Army Museum, Paris: Our most recommended tours and activities

Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

1. Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

Discover the Hotel National des Invalides, now home of the musee de l'Armee. Walk through the collections of the museum, at your own pace, and immerse into over 500, 000 pieces from the Middle Ages to present day. Witness the temporary exhibition of Special Forces L'exposition, dedicated to the French special forces. Step into the heart of Paris and integrate into the History of France at the Hotel National des Invalides. Created by Louis, XIV to house veterans and wounded soldiers, the hotel national is now also the home of the musee de l'Armee. Admire the world-renowned gilded Dome, which has been, since 1861, the resting place of Napoleon. Explore the collections and wander through the armor and weapons of the kings of France. Gaze around at swords, cannons, uniforms, paintings, photographs, and personal belongings of France's major figures. Look beyond the artifacts, and participate in an interactive digital experiences with devices that allow visitors to get a better understanding of some of the battles that forged the country's history. Make sure to examining the Special Forces l'exposition temporary exhibit, that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Special Ops Command.

Paris: Early Dinner Cruise with Dessert on the Seine River

2. Paris: Early Dinner Cruise with Dessert on the Seine River

Discover the sights of Paris from the perspective of the Seine River on this early dinner cruise featuring sunlit views and traditional French cuisine prepared on-board by the chef. Choose where you enjoy your meal and tour with center, window, and front boat seating options. With the Eiffel Tower as the starting point, be camera ready-as as the cruise departs on a 12-kilometer journey around some of Paris’ must-see sights. Watch as the passing Parisian monuments are lit by the setting sun. As you are served your 3-course dinner, be amazed by views of Les Invalides, the Parliament of Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and more. Enjoy an aperitif (a pre-meal drink), wine, coffee, and mineral water along with your meal. Standard Menu Choice of starters:• Southwest region duck foie gras and cherry-rhubarb condiment with Pondicherry• Snails and French-style peas, parmesan shortbread, and smoked duck breast shavings Choice of main courses:• Roasted sea bass, bouillabaisse jus, tomato confit and fennel, and potato mousseline with turmeric• Rump of veal, einkorn wheat, artichoke and chanterelle mushrooms, and citrus veal jus Choice of desserts:• Chocolate and praline crisp• Iced calisson and apricot coulis Vegetarian menu:• Pressed quinoa and tofu terrine with rocket cream and pickled red onions• Lightly spiced quinoa, seasonal vegetables, grilled halloumi cheese, and sweet tomato jus• Chocolate and praline crisp

Paris: Army Museum Ticket and Seine River Cruise Combo

3. Paris: Army Museum Ticket and Seine River Cruise Combo

Tour the Invalides War Museum, the magnificent War Museum, including the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Learn about the French Revolution, the first and second world wars, and many important battles in French history. See combat vehicles, soldier clothing and various war documents used in ancient wars. Admire the structure of the museum, which is important in terms of war history. When your museum tour is finished, head to Port de la Bourdonnais for a relaxing Seine River Cruise. Enjoy a 1-hour river cruise on the Seine.

Paris: City Highlights Segway Tour

4. Paris: City Highlights Segway Tour

Embark on a unique tour experience by exploring Paris on a Segway. See more of the city in less time, visit some of the most famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and give an instructional session on how to use the Segway. Ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular avenues and parks as well as on the banks of the River Seine. The itinerary includes famous sites like Champ de Mars, the Pont Alexandre III, Champs-Elysées, the National Residence of the Invalids, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Paris and interesting information about the sites you pass before heading on to the next destination.

Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

5. Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

Explore the grand boulevards of Paris on a fun and eco-friendly mode of transport. Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway and set off in a small group of no more than 10 people to see the top attractions of the “City of Lights.” Following a short, 30-minute training session on the easy-to-drive vehicles, explore the cultural heritage of Paris from a different angle. Glide past historical monuments and down narrow lanes that are inaccessible to other modes of transport. Your guide will reveal hidden treasures as you take a loop from Avenue de Suffren. Pass the Military school at Les Invalides and glide past the National Assembly. Next, go down the tree-lined Champs Elysées from the Grand Palais to the Place de la Concorde, looking at the upscale shops and hotels along the way. Continue to the Grand et Petit Palais on the banks of the River Seine. Marvel at the historic Pont de l'Alma, before taking in the legendary Eiffel Tower.

Best of Paris Bike Tour

6. Best of Paris Bike Tour

Cruise through Paris from Notre-Dame to the Eiffel Tower on a bike and see the highlights of this great city in a fun way. Cycle around the glass pyramids in the Louvre’s courtyard, learn about the Impressionists in the Orsay Museum, and get right into the middle of the Place de la Concorde for an amazing view of the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. On this half-day small-group bike tour you’ll ride along the banks of the Seine River as you breeze by other visitors and locals. Make stops at the most picturesque spots where your guide will tell you about Paris and share little-known fun and historical facts. Learn some secrets that will help you later as you explore Paris on your own – such as where to find the shortcut into the Louvre that saves you 2 hours of time waiting in line! Enjoy a snack break at the Rue Cler outdoor market, where you’ll have a half hour to explore the stalls and try local treats.

Paris: Private 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

7. Paris: Private 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

Explore the most iconic landmarks in Paris in a fun way aboard a Segway. Whiz around the city for 1.5 hours, learn about the city's history with your Segway guide, and delight in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on a personalized tour. After making your way to the meeting point, begin your Paris discovery at the amazing Dôme des Invalides, a collection of buildings containing military museums and monuments. Next, set off through the center of Paris to see the main places and monuments, such as the Grand Palais. Hear stories about them from your guide, as well as observations about the Paris of nowadays, with its gastronomic culture, modern life, and nice addresses. Cross the city's most extravagant bridge, Pont Alexandre III, built for the Paris Exposition in 1900. Admire its elegance, then make your way to one of the most celebrated avenues in the world, the Champs Elysées. See the Arc de Triomphe, which Napoleon commissioned in 1806 to commemorate his victories.

Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

8. Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

Most tourists to Paris are impressed by the 26 pounds of gold leaf that make the Invalides stand out against the skyline, and take a photo of the dome. But few visitors realize the multiple facets of society on display within. Originally constructed under Louis XIV, the dome contains the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The vast complex surrounding the cathedral is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the many chapters of French military history, including the jousting of medieval knights, the Emperor’s European conquests, and the World Wars of the 20th century. Your guided visit of the site lasts 2.5 hours, and features meaningful stories not only about the French but also about the many nations that have come to fight on French soil. Of particular interest are the exhibits about the D-Day Landings in Normandy and the Liberation of Paris in 1944. Your expert guide will take you on a historical journey. You’ll get into the military theme as you admire the decorated armor and cannon the XVIIth century. Hear of the exploits of General Bonaparte and learn how he became Emperor Napoleon.  Next visit the church to discover tomb of the most famous military leader in European history. After taking the imperial crown for himself in 1804, Napoleon continued his program of European conquest right up to his ultimate defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon died in exile in 1821, but his remains were returned to France in 1840 and entombed according to his wishes in the heart of his capital. Napoleon’s son, nicknamed the Eaglet, also died on foreign soil; his body was reinterred here by Hitler in 1940. Join this thrilling voyage through conflict, disaster, heroism and united victory.

Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

9. Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

Looking for a child-friendly experience parents and little ones can enjoy together? Hop on this Paris kids' tour and let the city take you by surprise! Experience Paris as never before, on board a 100% electric bus. Ride past the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. During the tour, the guides will surprise the children with a mix of cultural and fun entertainment including amazing stories about museums, monuments, historical sites, popular tales, and animated films all powered by riddles and games. The cherry on top is the sweets the kids get at the end of the performance.

Paris: Nighttime Segway Tour

10. Paris: Nighttime Segway Tour

Explore Paris by Segway and see the top attractions on a guided sightseeing tour. See the city sparkle at night on this unique tour. Start your journey near the National Residence of the Invalids, a historical complex dedicated to France's military history. From there, admire the beautiful Alexandre III Bridge, built for the Paris Exposition in 1900. Glide by several famous tourist points in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the palace turned museum known as The Louvre, the massive Arc de Triomphe, and the Musee d’Orsay along the bank of the River Seine. See some of the city's most classical buildings, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which currently serve as museums. 

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What people are saying about Army Museum, Paris

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4.6 / 5

based on 3,552 reviews

What a beautiful building to begin... absolutely breathtaking...the history of France and its battles from the beginning of time and to the modern day army it is today is housed in its various museums... It's greatest general Napoleon and his tomb is here... Absolutely magnificent The outer grounds and it's café is free to enter but you need a ticket for entry into the museums unless exmpt...

It was my second time in Paris and at Les Invalides and the military museum. The first time I went with my birth mother. This time I went with my son. Both times were special in different ways.

Alex is an amazing tour guide! He explained everything so well. Thankyou Alex for an amazing experience.

Beautiful informative a trip down history! Very well presented. Extremely helpful staff!

Very nice tomb and museum. Lots of history and art