on September 27, 2012
We had museum passes which we used at Hôtel des Invalides, Musée de L’Armée and Napoleon’s Tomb (129 rue de Grenelle Open: 10-6/6:30 Sun Cost: €9). If we had to pay, I would have thought Napoleon’s Tomb was a big disappointment but the Musée de L’Armée was incredible value. There was so much there and even though I’m not particularly interested in military history, it was nevertheless absorbing. Because there was so much to look at, we could not manage to see all or even most of the different historical periods, which start from pre-Roman times to the present. We focussed on the period from Louis XIV to Napoleon III. The displays gave detailed information about what happened and showed lots of artefacts, everything from uniforms, weapons, even various forms of transportation. The moving and sometimes interactive displays showing the progress of battles were spellbinding but took up a lot of time. A person interested in history could easily spend an entire day. The ticket also includes entry to the Musée des Plans-Reliefs (scale models of French 17th-century towns) and the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération (relating to World War II) but we did not have time to visit. I might not have visited were it not for our museum passes but I am glad we went because if was very fascinating.
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