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Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

1. Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

Discover the Hôtel des Invalides, which was founded by Louis XIV to house veterans and wounded soldiers. Explore this prestigious setting for the Musée de l’Armée at your own pace on a self-guided visit with priority access. In the museum's collections are more than 500,000 pieces, covering the period from the Middle Ages up to the present day. As you follow a newly designed educational route, you'll find armor and weapons of the kings of France, swords, cannons, uniforms, paintings, photographs and the personal effects of important figures such as Francis I, Louis XIV and Charles de Gaulle. Your visit also takes you to the Dome Church, which since 1861 has been home to the monumental tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The golden dome is over 110 meters high.

Paris: The Paris Pass® with access to 80+ Paris Attractions

2. Paris: The Paris Pass® with access to 80+ Paris Attractions

Unlock Paris with an all-inclusive sightseeing package. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 80 top Paris attractions, a 1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay and make reservations in advance, where needed. Get access to top attractions like: Eiffel Tower guided tour (2nd floor) (R) Parc Asterix theme park ticket Musée du Louvre (R) Musée d'Orsay (R) Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art Espace Dali Big Bus – 1-day Hop-on Hop-off tour Bateaux Parisiens river cruise Wine tasting - Les Caves du Louvre (R) Tour Montparnasse Arc du Triomphe Picasso Museum Musée Grevin wax museum Châteaux de Versailles (R) Flyview Package Paris Liberty Aquarium de Paris (R) Tours: Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais walking tour (R) Walking tour along the Seine (R) Walking tour in the Parisian Covered Passages (R) Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise walking tour (R) Stade de France tour Guided Heritage Tour of Galeries Lafayette (R) Montmartre & Sacré Coeur walking tour (R) Experiences: Ballon de Paris Generali Petit Train de Montmartre Rex Studio Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story Musée des Égouts de Paris Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette BAPBAP brewery taproom experience beer tasting and gifts Perfume mini-workshop by Fragonard (R) Champagne Gourmand in Montmatre French Apéro in Saint-Germain des Prés Parisian Breakfast at Café Louise Historic buildings: Panthéon Conciergerie (R) Chapelle expiatoire Château de Rambouillet Château de Vincennes Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne Château de Pierrefonds Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André Sainte Chapelle (R) Château de Maisons-Laffitte Château de Fontainebleau Museums: Musée Rodin Musée National de l'Orangerie (R) Musée national des Arts asiatiques Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau (R) La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma (R) Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois (R) Musée de la Musique - La Villette (R) Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe Musée des Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et Métiers Musée des Plans-reliefs Musee du quai Branly Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen (R) reservations required Keep your Paris Pass on your mobile device by downloading it with the digital guide. Have it handy with you in your pocket. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and, as such, must be collected from a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included in the digital guide.

Paris: Grèvin Wax Museum and Seine River Cruise Tickets

3. Paris: Grèvin Wax Museum and Seine River Cruise Tickets

These attraction tickets will take you to both past and the present. Travel in time with celebrities at the Grèvin Wax Museum. Admire the numerous monuments of Paris along the Seine river as you embark on your boat ride. At the Grèvin Wax Museum located in the heart of Paris, see more than 200 personalities including stars of television, film, music and more. Pose and take pictures with your favorite celebrities from the past and present. After visiting with your favorite celebrities, make your way to the Bateaux Parisiens pier no: 3 near the Eiffel Tower. Along the Seine river, admire the UNESCO-indexed riverbanks and Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, and a numerous of monumental bridges. Listen to the audio guide for facts about the monuments and environment.

Paris: Early Dinner Cruise with Dessert on the Seine River

4. Paris: Early Dinner Cruise with Dessert on the Seine River

Discover the sights of Paris from the perspective of the Seine River on this early dinner cruise featuring sunlit views and traditional French cuisine prepared on-board by the chef. Choose where you enjoy your meal and tour with center, window, and front boat seating options. With the Eiffel Tower as the starting point, be camera ready-as as the cruise departs on a 12-kilometer journey around some of Paris’ must-see sights. Watch as the passing Parisian monuments are lit by the setting sun. As you are served your 3-course dinner, be amazed by views of Les Invalides, the Parliament of Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and more. Enjoy an aperitif (a pre-meal drink), wine, coffee, and mineral water along with your meal. Standard Menu Choice of starters:• Southwest region duck foie gras and cherry-rhubarb condiment with Pondicherry• Snails and French-style peas, parmesan shortbread, and smoked duck breast shavings Choice of main courses:• Roasted sea bass, bouillabaisse jus, tomato confit and fennel, and potato mousseline with turmeric• Rump of veal, einkorn wheat, artichoke and chanterelle mushrooms, and citrus veal jus Choice of desserts:• Chocolate and praline crisp• Iced calisson and apricot coulis Vegetarian menu:• Pressed quinoa and tofu terrine with rocket cream and pickled red onions• Lightly spiced quinoa, seasonal vegetables, grilled halloumi cheese, and sweet tomato jus• Chocolate and praline crisp

Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

5. Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

Most tourists to Paris are impressed by the 26 pounds of gold leaf that make the Invalides stand out against the skyline, and take a photo of the dome. But few visitors realize the multiple facets of society on display within. Originally constructed under Louis XIV, the dome contains the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The vast complex surrounding the cathedral is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the many chapters of French military history, including the jousting of medieval knights, the Emperor’s European conquests, and the World Wars of the 20th century. Your guided visit of the site lasts 2.5 hours, and features meaningful stories not only about the French but also about the many nations that have come to fight on French soil. Of particular interest are the exhibits about the D-Day Landings in Normandy and the Liberation of Paris in 1944. Your expert guide will take you on a historical journey. You’ll get into the military theme as you admire the decorated armor and cannon the XVIIth century. Hear of the exploits of General Bonaparte and learn how he became Emperor Napoleon.  Next visit the church to discover tomb of the most famous military leader in European history. After taking the imperial crown for himself in 1804, Napoleon continued his program of European conquest right up to his ultimate defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon died in exile in 1821, but his remains were returned to France in 1840 and entombed according to his wishes in the heart of his capital. Napoleon’s son, nicknamed the Eaglet, also died on foreign soil; his body was reinterred here by Hitler in 1940. Join this thrilling voyage through conflict, disaster, heroism and united victory.

Paris: Army Museum Ticket and Seine River Cruise Combo

6. Paris: Army Museum Ticket and Seine River Cruise Combo

Tour the Invalides War Museum, the magnificent War Museum, including the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Learn about the French Revolution, the first and second world wars, and many important battles in French history. See combat vehicles, soldier clothing and various war documents used in ancient wars. Admire the structure of the museum, which is important in terms of war history. When your museum tour is finished, head to Port de la Bourdonnais for a relaxing Seine River Cruise. Enjoy a 1-hour river cruise on the Seine.

Paris: Nighttime Segway Tour

7. Paris: Nighttime Segway Tour

Explore Paris by Segway and see the top attractions on a guided sightseeing tour. See the city sparkle at night on this unique tour. Start your journey near the National Residence of the Invalids, a historical complex dedicated to France's military history. From there, admire the beautiful Alexandre III Bridge, built for the Paris Exposition in 1900. See some of the city's most classical buildings, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which currently serve as museums. 

Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

8. Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

Looking for a child-friendly experience parents and little ones can enjoy together? Hop on this Paris kids' tour and let the city take you by surprise! Experience Paris as never before, on board a 100% electric bus. Ride past the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. During the tour, the guides will surprise the children with a mix of cultural and fun entertainment including amazing stories about museums, monuments, historical sites, popular tales, and animated films all powered by riddles and games. The cherry on top is the sweets the kids get at the end of the performance.

Paris: Invalides Dome - Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

9. Paris: Invalides Dome - Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

Your guide will lead you through the epic courtyard of the Invalides, discussing its 17th century roots as a veteran’s hospital under King Louis XIV. You’ll visit the cathedral that Louis built for his former troops, who found respite here after returning from battle. After discussing the Sun King’s contributions to France’s military history, you’ll learn all about the nation’s most elite leader, Napoleon Bonaparte. A brilliant general and audacious emperor, he is synonymous with France’s golden days of military conquest. Ultimately pushing too far, Napoleon died in exile, though his remains are interred underneath the magnificent gold dome. See his tomb up close, as well as the tombs of those closest to him, while basking in the ornate homage to this leader. Spend some time in the museum to learn all about this man, beyond his famous stature, through artifacts, recreations and military maps that walk you through his many wins and defeats.

Invalides War Museum the World Wars Guided Tour

10. Invalides War Museum the World Wars Guided Tour

Take a tour of the Invalides War Museum with an expert guide. Begin by exploring the 19th century roots that lead to one of the bloodiest wars ever, learning about characters like Bismarck during the Franco-Prussian War. From there, your guide will piece together the chain of events, including the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, that set off World War I. Come face to face with the equipment, uniforms, weapons, and other artifacts that were used during the war’s many battles. Relive the famous Battle of the Marne while seeing one of the iconic taxis that played a crucial role. Watch original footage detailing the atrocities before finally understanding how the Treaty of Versailles ended things. You’ll even see the train car where the armistice was signed, ending the war. Afterwards, learn how the threat of Adolf Hitler came to be a reality, launching World War II. Discuss significant events like the Ligne Maginot, Dunkerque, and the Occupation of Paris while meandering among artefacts collected from the battlefields. Your guide will discuss famous men like Pétain and De Gaulle who helped guide France through this horrendous war. You will discover stories behind the battles of Normandy and the Liberation of Paris, which lead ultimately the preservation of the city that you can still enjoy today.

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What people are saying about Army Museum, Paris

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,852 reviews

We picked up the pass at the meeting point office providing our reservation from Get Your Guide app. We headed straight to the bus and did the full tour first, later we used the hop off/hop on to visit some of the attractions. On the second day we used the museum pass for other attractions. It was good value for money. For the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Versailles we got skip the like tours and I am glad we did as we tried to use this pass for Arc du Triumph and the line was huge. It looked like it moved pretty fast but we just didn’t have the time so I recommend getting skip the line tours for these 4 major attractions.

The pass is very valuable and gives a lot of possibilities and flexibility. Minus: clear guidelines regarding the reservation for a specific time slot for activities for which this is not possible via the pass (but can be done via the website of the activity itself). It turned out that it was not necessary to reserve a time slot for these activities and offering the Paris / museum pass was sufficient. So there was certainly the convenience on site, but I found this more unclear via the website.

When entering the Museum go directly to the tomb and then work your way backwards to the war exhibitions as otherwise you may run out of time during your visit unless you plan on spending a entire day there

Great value for money. Many interesting things in the museum to see, especially for history enthusiasts. Gift shop at the end is quite pricey.

Wonderful time and wonderful service! Great way to see the city from the water.