In the shoes of a soldier from the Ancient Rome to nowadays at Paris Musée de l’Armée

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 1 August 2017 at 14h30 · Updated on 2 August 2017 at 14h13
From October 12, 2017 to January 28, 2018, get in the shoes of a soldier at the Musée de l’Armée. In the heart of the Invalides, the general public can imagine the life of soldiers thanks to traditional objects. Soldiers have been using most of them for 2,000 years.

The musée de l’Armée presents a unique exhibition inviting the public to get in the shoes of soldiers and to share their daily life through the presentation of scenes of their daily life.

Running from October 12, 2017 to January 28, 2018, this exhibition brings together over 330 objects and documents recounting soldiers’ daily lives from different centuries and civilizations.

At the Musée de l’Armée which is located in one of the wings of the Hotel des Invalides (a hospital built by Louis XIV for war-disabled persons), we study clothes, tents, mess kits, food rations, medicaments, various tools… created for theaters and special climates (urban areas, deserts, tropical countries, mountain area) that belonged to soldiers from all era.

With no surprise, we learn that no matter the time or the war, a soldier needs to eat, sleep, train and keep in touch with his family. If armors and weapons have changed over time, the exhibition main piece allows us to understand that transporting has been the same. Indeed, the 24 mannequins from the Roman soldier to the soldier of the future, accompanied by animals and vehicles used to move or transport their gear are given pride of place in the gallery for a wonderful and very educational presentation of the historical evolution.

For children, playful guided tours allow to discover the life of the fighters during military campaigns, their uniforms, their equipment and their weapons from the Antiquity to nowadays.

Practical information:
In the shoes of a soldier from Ancient Rome to nowadays
From October 12, 2017 to January 28, 2018
Venue: Musée de l’Armée
Opening hours: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October 31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rates: €8.5, €12 for the exhibition and the permanent collections, free for people under 18

Practical information

Opening Time
From 12 October 2017 to 28 January 2018



    129 rue de Grenelle
    75007 Paris 7

    -18 ans: Free
    tarif réduit: 8,5 €
    tarif plein: 12 €

    Recommended age
    For all

    Average duration
    2 h

    Official website

    More informations
    Horaires : 10h-18h jusqu'au 31octobre, puis 10h-17h

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