The Casual Reporter: Napoleon's Tomb and the Musée de l'Armée

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Napoleon's Tomb and the Musée de l'Armée

Sometimes I forget how cool it is to live near Paris. My 10 year old son is doing a school report on the subject of his choice - WWII Weapons. No better place to research WWII than France, where much of the war took place. How cool to be able to say, "Let's go to the Musée de l'Armée in Paris and we'll take some pictures of some WWII guns and stuff. And we'll go visit Napoleon's Tomb afterwards." The Musée de l'Armée, situated on the site of the Hotel des Invalides, hosts a staggering quantity of war-related items including swords and hand-held weapons from all eras, Jousting Armor (including for Children), beautifully crafted flint-lock pistols and rifles of all types and sizes, an army of armored knights, cannons real an miniature, an excellent section on the two World Wars, and much, much more. Your ticket, 8 Euros for adults and free for kids, gets you into about 5 different sections plus Napoleon's Tomb, pictured here inside and out. (I guess the architect felt Napoleon, being a person of small stature in life, would feel more comfortable with people looking down on on him for eternity.) Definitely worth a visit.

No comments:

Post a Comment

I don't publish comments I feel are inappropriate, but since they filter through my email first, feel free to say whatever's on your mind. I enjoy the interaction.