About the MuseumThe Military Museum (Musée de l'Armée), which surveys the military history of France, is one of the biggest museums of its kind in the world. The museum is located in the "Invalides Palace" in the seventh district of the Paris, the capital of France. It was established in 1896, and in 1905 was combined with the Museum of Artillery (A Museum that was established a short time after the defeat in the Franco-Prussian war). This merge created the Military Museum we see today.
The museum holds more than 500,000 exhibits, such as weapons, armour, artillery, uniforms, decorations, paintings and sculptors which are displayed on an area of about 12,000 square meters. In the showrooms you can see military flags, dolls of soldiers and cavalry with their uniforms and weapons from various historic periods. Children who love cannons and knight armour will find it very fascinating here.
The museum is divided into two sides: The western side on the first floor displays weapons and equipment from China, Japan, India and Turkey. On the second floor you can view items from the 14th-18th century, and on the third floor you can see artillery. The eastern side contains displays from the days of Louis the 16th until the days of the Napoleon the third (floors two and three). Every floor is divided into rooms that showcase a different period of military and general French history, especially from the Stone Age until the Second World War. Between the two sides lies the Soldiers Church, which is part of the "Dom".
The museum also contains a detailed remake of Napoleon's private room from his house on the island of St. Helena, the same room in which he past away in 1821. By the way, in 2005, the museum celebrated its 100th anniversary at the inauguration of the renovated western side.
The InvalidesThis compound is located in the 7th district of Paris and is a famous complex with buildings and museums that are about the military history of France. There you can find the Military Museum, the luxurious grave of Napoleon in the Church of Dom, a shelter for the crippled and wounded from the wars of the 17th century, Model Museum, Museum of Order and Liberation and the Church of Saint Louis-de-Invalides. With one ticket you can visit all these places.
The compound was built in 1671, after the orders of king Louis the 14th. At the time, the government didn't take responsibility for damages that the wars caused to their soldiers that were sent to fight. In an extraordinary move the king decided to establish a compound for the disabled and wounded - a remarkable act worth mentioning. At the time the compound was called "The House of the Disabled" and sometimes there were more than 5,000 soldiers there. In fact, till this day discharged soldiers live there.
The churches in the complex were also added during the reign of the king, who decided that a chapel would serve as a place of worship for the soldiers (the Church of Saint-Louis-de-Invalide) and a private royal chapel (the Dom Church).