International appeal for the restoration of Napoleonic monuments at the Hôtel National des Invalides

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Appeal for the restoration of Napoleonic monuments

For the bicentenary of Napoleon I’s death on 5 May 2021, the Musée de l’Armée and the Fondation Napoléon are joining forces to launch an international appeal to help restore, at the Hôtel National des Invalides, the monuments associated with the Emperor and his brothers Joseph, King of Naples and later of Spain, and Jerome, King of Westphalia and later Governor of the Invalides.

As this historic monument has gone for a century without restoration and shows the signs of wear and tear typical for a site receiving more than a million visitors a year, it is now crucial that repairs are carried out. To achieve our ambitious goal in time for the bicentenary in 2021 we need your support.

Join us to help raise 800,000 euros.

The 360° program of the Dôme church, produced by the musée de l'Armée and created by Electronic Eye.

What work needs to be done?

© Paris, musée de l’Armée, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Emilie Cambier


The Restoration of the tomb of the Emperor

Completed in 1862, the majestic tomb of red quartzite receives ongoing maintenance by the musée de l’Armée. Although its general condition is satisfactory, time has taken its toll and restoration is needed.

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© Paris, musée de l’Armée, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Pascal Segrette

The Restoration of the other Napoleonic Monuments

The operation will also include the Emperor brothers’ tombs, the tomb slab from St Helena now in “le Jardin de l’Intendant”, and the Chapelle Napoléon, rarely seen by the public. The plan is to clean and protect the stones, and to improve their appearance with a new landscape design, lighting, as well as installing new media tools, all of which will facilitate public visits, weather permitting.

Heritage conservation professionals restore the Dôme to its former splendor

The restoration of the Napoleonic Monuments and sites continues thanks to the exceptional skills of the heritage conservation professionals. Many necessary steps were to be followed in order to restore the building to its initial splendor: from the gilding, the cleaning of statues, up to the restoration of paintings exposed in the past in the Chapelle Napoléon and the polychromic mosaic made of stones, enamel and marble encircling the Tomb.

© Paris, musée de l’Armée, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Emilie Cambier

Why donate?

By helping to restore the Emperor’s last resting place and the other monuments which surround it, you can play a key role in the preservation of a great monument symbolic of France’s historic and artistic heritage. This is also a means of patronising  the skilled craftsmen   who have invested their expertise in the restoration.

The restoration and refurbishment of these monuments will be part of a larger “Napoleon Season”, in 2021, which will include a major exhibition, concerts, talks and many other events. What’s more, all of this will be open to the public.

How can you donate?

The appeal will be open from 3 May 2019 until 1 February 2021.

Fondation Napoléon
Restauration du Tombeau de l’Empereur
7, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris

  • By bank transfer: ask Alexandra Mongin for our bank details (in French RIB) by mail or telephone +33 (0)1 56 43 46 00.

Tax Benefits

Since the Fondation Napoléon is a registered charity (“reconnue d’utilité publique par décret du 12 novembre 1987”), donations made to it – either by private individuals or by companies fiscally resident in France – are therefore tax-deductible.

For individuals

  • If you pay tax in France, donations known as ‘manual donations’, meaning direct payments to the Fondation Napoléon in cash, cheque or by bank transfer, result in an income tax reduction of 66% of the amount of the donation
  • Donations may result in a reduction of property tax (IFI), with the limit being 75% of a capped donation sum of €50,000

For Companies

If you are a company registered in France you can benefit from an income tax reduction equivalent to 60% of the donation amount, with a limit of €5 per €1000 of pre-tax turnover.

If you live in the United States, your donation towards the restoration of the Napoleonic monuments at the Invalides may qualify for tax rebate depending on which state you live in.

To donate to the appeal, please go to the website of the Friends of the Fondation de France, and specify “Fondation Napoléon” as the beneficiary.

Benefits to You

  • A donor’s certificate and donor’s email signature: for donations over 20 euros
  • Napoleon’s Tomb (Soteca ed.): for donations over 50 euros
  • Prestige Tour: for donations over 100 euros you will be invited to a special tour of the exhibition presented at the Musée de l’Armée as a part of the Napoleon Season in 2021. Furthermore, you will be given special opportunities to attend other events of this cultural programme.
  • A backstage visit, and an evening for patrons: for donations over 1,000 euros you will be invited to a prestigious tour of the Invalides, including a tour of the Dôme with its panoramic views of Paris as well an invitation to the evening for patrons under the Dôme.
  • ‘Médaille Napoléon’: for donations over 1,500 euros you will, in addition to these other privileges, receive a medal specially minted for this restoration.

Every donor will receive a personal letter of thanks, as well as a mention on the museum website, social network sites and the wall of donors at the Dôme.


For any information regarding this project and press relations:  or +33 (0)1 56 43 46 00

For any information regarding your donation: or +33 (0)1 56 43 46 00

Fondation Napoléon
7, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 PARIS

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