European Heritage Days 2017 at Paris Musée de l’Armée

European Heritage Days are coming to the Musée de l’Armée on September 16-17, 2017. Not only the museum will be free for these two days, but also unique visits will be provided to history enthusiasts.

European Heritage Days aim at opening the doors of museums and other heritage monuments to an even greater public. At the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, they are unique, secret and mysterious. By providing visits in places usually closed to the public and original workshops, the museum offers you to live unique experiences.

European Heritage Days 2017 at the Musée de l’Armée – programming:

  • Guided tours about Raoul Magrin-Vernerey
    Saturday September 16 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    For 45 minutes, we discover WWI thanks to a young soldier, Raoul Magrin-Vernerey. Enlisted at 22 years old in the first battle of the Marne in 1914, this young man fights then at Verdun in 1916 and ends the war after being wounded 7 times, with the rank of captain, the Legion of Honor and 11 citations. (25 persons per group. You can register at )

  • “Du jeune page à l’élève du bataillon scolaire” – from the young squire to the school battalion pupil
    Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., departing every hour
    Lead by a Musée de l’Armée speaker, this themed visit focuses on items and works related to military training of young recruits during WWI and WWII. The visit starts with the ancient department before heading to the rooms dedicated to the Third Republic and the Great War (1871-1918). The visit ends with the Turenne room, a wide refectory decorated with mural paintings, usually closed to the public. (25 persons per group. You can register at )

  • Visit of the Charles de Gaulle monument
    Sunday September 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., departing every hour
    Completely interactive, the monument is subject to guided tours on European Heritage Days. Discover the how and why the décor of this special monument has been created, why choosing such a scenography, how medias are selected and presented to the public. The visit will also be the occasion to highlight some historical events presented in these areas. (25 persons per group. You can register at )

  • Visit of the extra ordinary cabinets
    Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., departing every hour
    In the artillery room, these visits will offer you to (re)discover the collection of scale models of artillery pieces brought together in 2015. These objects, varied because of their dimension or their purpose, haven been used as training and educational tools. For example, you will see the “Série du Grand Dauphin” given by Colbert to Louis XIV’s son, the Grand Dauphin, in 1663, intended for the future’s king military training. (15 persons per group. You can register at )

  • Crossed visits about the Marshal Foch
    Saturday September 16 at 4 p.m. and Sunday September 17 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    The Hôtel de Noirmoutier, now housing the Prefect of Paris, Prefect of the Ile-de-France region, usually closed to the public and the Musée de l’Armée join forces to present a visit focusing on Marshal Foch. The visit starts his career at the Hôtel de Noirmoutier where the Marshal spent his last years and where you will see his office. The visit continues in the Hôtel des Invalides. You will discover Foch’s vault, sculpted by Paul Landowski as well as some of his belongings such as three marshal sticks exhibited in the rooms of the contemporary department. (19  persons max at the Hôtel de Noirmoutier )

  • Visit of the restoration workshops
    Former refectory usually closed to the public, the Turenne room brings together the wall paintings of the 17th century illustrating Louis XIV military campaigns and the activities of metal, leather and fabric workshops. A privileged moment to talk with the museum’s restorers that will present you restored objects selected to highlight a theme “Youth and Heritage”. This is the unique occasion to admire exceptional pieces such a child armor, the backpack of Napoleon III’s son or a replica of a uniform worn during the Third Republic for soldiers’ sons and nephews.

  • Demonstration workshops
    The team of experts in arming of the Musée de l’Armée will show you a selection of weapons used by children and teenagers: civil machine guns for children, training machine guns as well as weapons used by young resistance fighters during WWII.

In addition to these visits that are likely to be taken over in no time, the Musée de l’Armée will be open for free and you can then visit the Animals & Wars exhibition focusing on the roles animals played during wars and in the life of men.

Practical information:
European Heritage Days at the Musée de l’Armée

Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2017
Location: Musée de l’Armée
Opening hours: from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday
Free visits and animations

2017 European Heritage Day Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region: 

Elodie D.
Last updated on 22 August 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 16 September 2017 to 17 September 2017



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    75007 Paris 7


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