Paris - Around Town : Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarters (part 2) - Musée de l’Armée Exhibits, Views

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A Day Around the Invalides Quarter


Begin the day with an early morning visit to the Musée Rodin . A magnificent collection of Rodin’s works are displayed both indoors and outside in the attractive garden. There are also excellent temporary exhibitions. Stop for a coffee at the garden café with its leafy terrace.

Move on to the Hôtel des Invalides next door to see Napoleon’s Tomb and the Musée de l’Armée. From here, walk along the esplanade towards the Seine and the Pont Alexandre III , turning left before the river on to rue de l’Université. Stop here for lunch at Le Divellec , one of the best fish restaurants in Paris.


After lunch, follow the rue de l’Université to the Musée du Quai Branly where you can enjoy the fascinating collections of tribal art and superb modern architecture. The Café Branly, located in the museum’s restful gardens, is the perfect place to stop and enjoy a cup of tea.

Make sure you book ahead, by phone or online, for a late-afternoon visit to the Eiffel Tower . The views are spectacular at dusk. Splash out on dinner at the world-famous Le Jules Verne restaurant on level 2, or head back to the Branly museum, and it’s rooftop restaurant Les Ombres .

Musée de l’Armée Exhibits

  1. Modern Department (1648–1792)

    The modern royal army, from its birth under Louis XIV to the training of Revolutionary soldiers, is related through objects such as some fine early rifles.

  2. Modern Department (1792–1871)

    Displays here cover the beginnings of the Revolution to the Paris Commune, including the personal belongings of Napoleon I.

  3. Ancient Armoury Department

    The third-largest collection of armoury in the world is on show in the northeast refectory. Assembled over a 40-year period since the 1960s, these items had been lost since the Revolution.

  4. 17th-Century Murals

    In the Ancient Armoury Department, restored 17th-century murals by Joseph Parrocel celebrate Louis XIV’s military conquests.

  5. The World Wars

    Two rooms on the second floor are devoted to World War I and World War II. Documents, uniforms, maps, photographs and other memorabilia bring the conflicts of both wars to life, often to disturbing effect.

  6. Banners and Trophies

    A small collection of 17th–20th-century military banners is displayed in the east wing.

  7. Historial of Charles de Gaulle

    This state-of-the-art display on the life of the former wartime president is in the Cour d’Honneur, Orient wing.

  8. Musée des Plans Reliefs

    On the fourth floor of the east wing is a collection of relief models of French towns showing the development of fortifications from the 17th century onwards.

  9. Artillery

    Over 800 cannons are displayed inside and in front of the museum.

  10. Salle Orientale

    This collection of arms and armour reflects the military styles of different nations.


For more information see Musée de l’Armée.


  1. Top of the Eiffel Tower

    There is nowhere in Paris to match the view from the top of the tower, so hope for good weather. With the cityscape and the sparkling waters of the Seine below, it is the highlight of any visit .

    View from the Eiffel Tower
  2. Pont d’Iéna

    There is no bad approach to the Eiffel Tower, but the best is from the Trocadéro direction, walking straight to the tower across the Pont d’Iéna.

  3. Base of the Eiffel Tower

    Everybody wants to race to the top, but don’t neglect the view from the ground. Looking directly up at the magnificent structure makes one appreciate the feat of engineering all the more .

  4. Eiffel Tower at Night

    To usher in the Millennium the tower was “robed” in lights and since then there have been a variety of lighting displays. For five minutes every hour, from dusk to midnight, the whole edifice twinkles.

  5. Saxe-Breteuil Market

    This old street market in avenue de Saxe is a little off the usual tourist track, but the view of the Eiffel Tower above the fruit and vegetable stalls is totally Parisian and will especially appeal to photographers.

    • 7am–2:30pm Thu, 7am–3pm Sat

  6. Pont Alexandre III

    Flanked by impressive gilded statues, superb views can be enjoyed from this magnificent bridge .

    Pont Alexandre III and Hôtel des Invalides
  7. Musée Rodin Gardens

    The golden Dôme church gleams through the trees that line these delightful gardens.

  8. Hôtel des Invalides

    The majestic gilded dome above Napoleon’s tomb dominates the skyline. It is a particularly superb sight when seen from the river on a sunny morning .

  9. Pont de la Concorde

    The Egyptian obelisk at the centre of place de la Concorde is at its most impressive from the bridge.

  10. Musée du Quai Branly

    Jean Nouvel’s bold, colourful building is best seen from the riverside. Note the striking “Green Wall” at the west end (see Musée du Quai Branly).

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