The Musée de l'Armée is the ideal place to learn about the history of France. Its exceptional collections offer a unique, immersive experience for children and adults alike.


For a self-guided visit, you can buy your tickets on site at one of the Museum's ticket desks, for adults (full price: €14) and children.

Admission (you will need to collect a free ticket at the till, and show valid proof of eligibility)

Free tickets for :

- under 18 y.o. (all countries)

- under 26 y.o. (residents of UE and the Economical european area*)

For adults, you can buy tickets at our online ticket office.

* Members of UE and the Economical european area : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy,

Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Family activities

Relive history with the family thanks to a rich collection weapons, uniforms, paintings, photographies, military equipments, flags, vehicles, armours, canons, sculptures and military tombs. The Musée de l’Armée (Hôtel of Les Invalides) offers a unique opportunity of a time and space travel from Middle Age to World War II. For example, you can discover the great historical figures who made their mark on Les Invalides, like Louis XIV and Napoleon I, or follow in the footsteps of the medieval knights.

Downloadable pedagogical ressources in English

Games booklets - Permanent collections

General presentation of a Department or the monument

Exhibition Napoleon is no more (31/03/2021-31/10/2021)



In the permanent collections

Animations in French only

  • Investigation games (age 7 and up): the visit to the Museum is combined with puzzles and challenges, turning children into detectives. Length: 1h30 to 2h.
  • Story tours (age 7 and up): immersive activity with a storyteller, for children to learn about the life of a historical figure through the Museum's collections. Length: 1h30.
  • Workshops (age 6 and up): after learning about the collections, the workshops offer a hands-on activity (creating a coat of arms, fantastical animal, etc.). Length: 2h.
  • Guided tours (age 7 and up): a discovery tour of one of the Museum's departments. This tour encourages children to use their powers of observation. Length: 1h30.

Discover all the family activities available

In the temporary exhibition

Animations in French only

  • Fun tours are available for families to discover the artworks and objects in the exhibition with a tour guide.
  • Fun tours are available for families to discover the artworks and objects in the exhibition with a tour guide.
  • Fun signs dotted throughout the exhibition help younger visitors to discover the exhibition.
  • There is also a challenge for young ones so they can enjoy the visit along with the rest of the family.

See the family activities calendar (in French)


The French tour price is €7 per child and €14 per accompanying adult. Adults are welcome on our tours (required for children under 6 years old). Once the activity is over, you can continue with your tour of the collections.

Informationjeunes@nullmusee-armee.fr (from your e-mail account)

Bookingsonline at our ticket office

Plan your visit

Do you want to explore independently with your family and plan your visit before you come? Download our online documentation:

Games booklets - Permanent collections

General presentation of a Department or the monument

Organise a birthday party or private tour for your child and their friends

All the above activities can be chosen for a birthday event or a private tour (only in French).

  • Wednesdays are for investigation games, workshops and guided tours.
  • Saturdays are for story tours only.
  • Sundays (from March 2019) are for investigation games, workshops and guided tours.
  • Group of 15 children maximum. At least one accompanying adult must be present.

Prices: €7 per child and €14 per accompanying adult (1 adult required).
Information:  jeunes@musee-armee.fr

Please note: payment for a minimum of 12 children and 1 required adult.


The Le Carré des Invalides café-restaurant, near the ticket desk on the Place Vauban side, has menus for children and adults. The Petit Soldat set menu (up to age 12) consists of a sandwich or salad, a dessert and a drink for €8.5.

Download the café-restaurant menu (in french)

Book and gift shop


Make the whole family happy at the Museum's book and gift shop. You will find a large selection of items for children: books for young people, figurines, creative hobbies, games... You can also find a selection of items for young visitors at our online shop.

Visit the online shop

50 extraordinary objects at the Musée de l'Armée

Want to treat someone or find out more? We recommend the children's book about the Museum's collections: À la découverte de 50 objets extraordinaires du musée de l'Armée, created by the education office's tour guides in partnership with Ouest France editions (available in French and English).

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[Modified access] The access to the Museum will only be on Place Vauban, on Thursday, October 6th all day long, and on Tuesday, October 11th until 11.30 am. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.