In the prestigious setting of the Hôtel National des Invalides was born in 1905 the Army museum, created from the merger of the Artillery Museum (1796) and the Historical Museum of the Army created a hundred years later, following World Expo.
The museum on 8000 m² (museum, two churches) preserve 500 000 listed objects. These figures make the Museum of the Army's the largest military history museum in France and one of the very first in the world.
The permanent collections are divided into so-called "historical" collections, corresponding to a chronological circuit from ancient times to the end of the Second World War, enriched with objects belonging to sets "thematic" (emblems, paintings, decorations ...). These thematic collections are to be presented over the historic rooms or confined to specific areas.
The Dome Church (plan Mansart) with the highest openwork lantern at 107 m, the large fresco under the dome by Charles de La Fosse and its gilded dome in 1989 to mark the bicentenary of the French Revolution for the fifth time since its creation (12 kg of gold were necessary for this operation).
Real military pantheon with the tombs housing the heart of Vauban, the remains of Turenne and the heart of the Tour d'Auvergne; The Dome mainly welcomes the tomb of Napoleon I, the graves of his brothers Joseph and Jerome Bonaparte his son, the King of Rome, General (Bertrand and Duroc) and marshals (Foch and Lyautey).