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Les Invalides History and Visitor Information

What is Les Invalides?

In 1670 King Louis XIV (the “Sun King”) founded a hospital for his old and injured “invalid” soldiers. Les Invalides was designed by architect Liberal Bruant. The hospital was completed in 1676. It was designed to house up to 4,000 soldiers. Today, Les Invalides is a museum and national monument, however, the French military still uses part of the complex as a base.

Les Invalides: A suit of armor worn by an unfortunate soul in the middle ages.
A suit of armor worn by an unfortunate soul in the middle ages.

Beneath Invalides impressive gold dome are two churches. One for the common soldiers and the other for the King to be entombed upon his death. The King’s church is now the site of Napoleon’s tomb.

Les Invalides Visitor Hours and Location


Esplanade des Invalides, Paris, 75007

Line 8 : Latour-Maubourg or Invalides
32, 63, 93

The museum is open every day of the year except January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, and Christmas day, as well as the first Monday of every month.

October to March 31: Open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
April 1 to September 30: Open from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

During the summer, the dome church, including the Tomb of Napoleon I, stays open until 6:45 p.m.  

Open until 9 pm on Tuesdays, during temporary exhibition periods only.

Entrance Fees 
A ticket for the Musee de l’Armee (Army Museum) offers visitors entrance to the museum and all temporary exhibitions, the Dome Church and the Tomb of Napoleon I, the museum of Relief Maps and the museum of the Order of the Liberation, also located in the Hotel national des Invalides. For current pricing please visit the Musee-Armee website.