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The Musée de l’Armée, with over 1.2 million visitors per year, is among the ten most visited museums in France. The public is invited to discover the Hôtel des Invalides and its famous Dôme, which houses the tomb of Napoleon I, and to explore the history of France through its collections. The establishment, founded in 1905, holds one of the world’s finest military history collections, with some 500,000 pieces, from the Bronze Age to the 21st century. Guided tours and educational workshops, temporary exhibitions, conferences and seminars, film screenings, shows, concerts and events are held throughout the year.
2021: A NAPOLEON SEASON
From 31 March 2021 to 30 January 2022
2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Emperor Napoleon I. For the occasion, the Musée de l’Armée and the Fondation Napoléon are proposing a cultural season entirely dedicated to this major figure in France’s history at the Invalides. A restored necropolis, a reinvented permanent exhibition tour, a large heritage exhibit, and for the very first time at the Musée de l’Armée, the work of contemporary artists to question Napoleon’s legacy… plenty of opportunities to discover or rediscover the person who has been resting under the Dôme since 1840, “in the midst of the French people, whom [he has] loved so well”.
Target achieved (and more) for the international appeal to raise money for the restoration of the Emperor’s Tomb and the napoleonic monuments at les Invalides
In view of the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon I, on 5 May 2021, the Musée de l’Armée and the Fondation Napoléon joined forces to launch an international appeal to restore the places at the Invalides dedicated not only to the memory of the Emperor Napoleon but also to that of his brothers Joseph and Jerome, the former King of Naples and then of Spain, and the latter King of Westphalia and later governor of Les Invalides. 2,310 donors generously answered the call and in difficult circumstances helped raise €836,960 (over and above the target of €800,000).
Invalides : memories of war. Photographs by Philippe de Poulpiquet
Exhibition from September 19 2020 to January 3 2021
In 2020, the Musée de l’Armée celebrates the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the Invalides by Louis XIV. Three centuries later, its primary purpose lives on with the Institution Nationale des Invalides which houses a hospital and a nursing home where veterans, military personnel injured in service or during overseas operations, civilian victims of war or terrorism, as well as wounded civilians are welcomed and cared for. The photojournalist Philippe de Poulpiquet was commissioned by the Musée de l’Armée to observe the day-to-day life of the men and women who work and live there. With two separate tours throughout the site of the Invalides, the exhibition Invalides: Memories of War questions the war after the war and emphasises the role of carers during this other battle.
France in 1940
Temporary exhibition from Septembre 17 2020 to January 10 2021
The year 1940 was a decisive episode in France’s history. To help visitors grasp the issues at play in 1940, the Musée de l’Armée is presenting an intimate exhibition which recreates the atmosphere of that dreadful year. It covers everything from the Phony War to year-end events, including the Battle of France, Appeal of 18 June and creation of the Vichy government.
Picasso and war
Temporary exhibition from April 5 to July 28, 2019
Picasso's entire life (1881–1973) was marked by major conflicts, from the Cuban War of Independence to the Vietnam War, which came to an end two years after his death. The exhibition, organised by the Musée de l'Armée and the Musée National Picasso-Paris, takes a brand-new look at the various ways that warfare informed and impacted Picasso’s creative output throughout his career.
1.2 million visitors in 2018
The Musée de l'Armée welcomed 1,208,199 visitors in 2018. This is an increase in visitor numbers of 2.7% , confirming its place among France's most popular museums again this year.
Launch of the publication "Le Faste et la fureur. L'armée française de Rocroi à Valmy"
Much more than a catalogue of objects in the strict sense of the word, this publication outlines the history of the French Army in the Ancien Régime, based on humble or splendid objects from the so-called "classical" collections (17th – 18th century) of the Musée de l'Armée.
Exhibitions at the Musée de l'Armée in 2019
The Musée de l'Armée is hosting two major temporary exhibitions in 2019: Picasso and War in spring, and an exhibition honouring the Musée de l'Armée's collections in autumn, The Cannons of Elegance.
Saint Barbara's Festival 2018
Artillerymen's Festival at Les Invalides
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2018
The Musée de l'Armée is taking part in Nuit Blanche for the first time on 6 October 2018.
"The art of sharing" at the Museum
To celebrate the 35th edition of the European Heritage Days, the Musée de l'Armée is opening its doors and sharing the richness of its collections, trades and skills with all members of the public, through free activities on the year's theme and in celebration of the Centenary of the First World War.
Napoleon the Strategist: record visitor numbers!
The Napoleon the Strategist exhibition, which has just closed after running from 5 April to 22 July 2018, attracted a record 99,641 visitors!
1918, armistice(s). From before to after the 11th of November
Documentary exhibition from 24 July to 30 September 2018
The cryonically restored Renault FT tank
Acquired in 1974 by the Musée de l'Armée, the Renault FT tank benefited from a restoration campaign with the support of the armoured vehicle manufacturer ARQUUS.
In the East War without End, 1918-1923
Temporary exhibition from 5 October 2018 to 20 January 2019
Ariane James-Sarazin, new Assistant Director of the Musée de l'Armée
Former Head Heritage Curator Ariane James-Sarazin was appointed to the role of Assistant Director at the Musée de l'Armée on 3 April 2018, working with General Alexandre d'Andoque de Sériège. She has particular responsibility for the scientific and cultural policy of the Museum, whose collections comprise around 500,000 artworks, objects and documents, dating from the Bronze Age to the 21st century and relating to the history and technical evolution of the armed forces.
Napoleon the Strategist
Temporary exhibition from 6 April to 22 July 2018
New areas opening
From 7 March 2018, within the Hôtel National des Invalides, the General Niox room – documentation & library and the cabinet of drawings, prints and photographs at the Musée de l'Armée will be open to the public.
A Life of Engagement The Companions of the Liberation in the Great War
An exhibition by the Musée de l'Armée and the Museum of the Order of the Liberation to mark the centenary of the Great War, on display in the galleries of the main courtyard with free admission.
Museum visitor numbers in 2017
In 2017, the Museum welcomed around 1.2 million visitors.
Institutional press pack 2017 - 2018
Exhibitions at the Musée de l'Armée in 2018
Two major temporary exhibitions will be on display to the public in 2018. In the spring, Napoleon the Strategist, and in autumn, the exhibition to round off the series of events marking the centenary of the Great War, In the East War without End, 1918-1923. Two documentary exhibitions will also be available during the year, free to access in the galleries of the main courtyard.