Filming conditions

Do you want to arrange a film shoot at the Army Museum, or film the collections? The museum's rich collections, the prestigious architecture of the Hôtel des Invalides, and the site's fascinating history make it a wonderful setting and an important source of information for filming documentaries and reports.

Permission is required for all professional shoots on Army Museum premises.

During filming, no objects may be handled or removed from the display cases without the permission and supervision of a person approved by the museum.

As the Dome Church (which contains the tomb of Napoleon I) and the Soldiers' Church are the responsibility of the Army Museum, any requests to film at these places must be made to the museum's communication department.

Please note:

when filming outside only, the request must be directly addressed to the communication office of the Military Governor of Paris.

Contact: Hôtel national des Invalides - fax 01 44 42 43 64


Premises and opening times

Filming takes place during the museum's normal opening times.

Notice periods

Requests for permission to film must be sent in advance to the museum's communication department, by post or email. Given the operational constraints of the museum and the Invalides site, as well as the many visitors we receive every day, a minimum of 7 days' notice is required for shoots that will not cause any particular disruption, and 1 month is required for more extensive shoots.


Information required

Your application must include the following items

  1. Subject of the shoot (statement of intent, synopsis, project)
  2. Purpose of the images (cinema, TV, DVD...)
  3. Date you wish to film
  4. Places you wish to film (museum exhibition rooms and collections, churches, outdoor filming etc., and what sequences will be filmed there).
  5. Filming schedule (how long you will be occupying the premises, including set-up and dismantling times)
  6. Names and positions of the team members
  7. In the case of an interview, the names and positions of the participants (in the case of people external to the museum), and the subject of the interview
  8. Type of technical equipment used (camera, lighting...)
  9. Vehicle and licence plate (if parking within the walls of the Hôtel des Invalides, the Army Museum will make a request to the Military Command at Les Invalides).


A charge applies for some shoots. The amount is set annually by the establishment's Board of Directors. For shoots exceptionally taking place outside of public opening times, there is an additional security charge. The billing name and address must be provided to the communication department, so the invoice can be drawn up.

Payment may be made on site on the day by cheque, or by bank transfer one week before filming.

On the day of filming

Reception and badge

The team will be welcomed by the communication department.

Team members must present proof of identity in order to be issued with an access badge for the duration of the shoot.

The applicant undertakes to comply with the security and artwork protection requirements that apply at the Army Museum, especially those regarding lighting.

After filming

Credits in audio-visual works must include the statement "with the kind permission of the Army Museum, Hôtel des Invalides, Paris".

The applicant undertakes to send proof of this to the communication department in the form of a DVD, spontaneously and as soon as possible. This copy may not be used for commercial purposes by the Army Museum. It may only be used for free within the museum.

Should the Army Museum wish to show any or all of the images to the public, they undertake to obtain the author's prior consent.


Alix Durup de Baleine

Communication department 
Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides 129, rue de Grenelle - 75700 Paris 07 SP
Tel : 01 44 42 42 07
Mail :