Esplanade des Invalides
Line 8 : Latour-Maubourg or Invalides / Invalides / 32, 63, 93
Les Invalides Visitor Hours
The museum is open every day of the year except January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, and Christmas day, as well as the first Monday of every month.
October to March 31: Open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
April 1 to September 30: Open from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
During the summer, the dome church, including the Tomb of Napoleon I, stays open until 6:45 p.m.
Open until 9 pm on Tuesdays, during temporary exhibition periods only.
Entrance Fees :
A ticket for the Musee de l'Armee (Army Museum) offers visitors entrance to the museum and all temporary exhibitions, the Dome Church and the Tomb of Napoleon I, the museum of Relief Maps and the museum of the Order of the Liberation, also located in the Hotel national des Invalides. For current pricing please visit: http://www.musee-armee.fr
Les Invalides History
In 1670 King Louis XIV (the Sun King) founded a hospital for his "invalid" soldiers. Construction of architect Liberal Bruant's vision for Les Invalides hospital was completed in 1676. The hospital was designed to house up to 4,000 soldiers. Today, Les Invalides is a museum and national monument, however, the French military still uses part of the complex as a base.
Beneath Invalides impressive gold dome are two churches. One for the common soldiers and the other for the King to be entombed upon his death. The King's church is now Napoleon's tomb.