Musée de l'Armée

In my trips to Paris I had prowled the grounds of Les Invalides but had never explored this national military museum of France.  It was originally built as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers by Louis XIV.  The museum holds 500,000 artifacts and includes weapons, armor, artillery, uniforms, emblems and paintings. 

 The permanent collections are organized chronologically giving a historic tour from antiquity through the end of World War II.  There is considerable focus on Napoleon with less on the role of France during the last world war.

The display of weapons and uniforms over the centuries is fascinating.

Musée de l'Armée
129, rue de Grenelle
75007, Paris
Métros Varenne ou École Militaire