Museum of the Legion of Honor (Musée de la Légion d'Honneur) Tours
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Located just steps from the Musée d’Orsay, the Museum of the Legion of Honor (Musée de la Légion d’Honneur)—housed in the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur—was established in 1925. It is a national museum of different orders of chivalry and merit, and its collection of 5,000 objects includes everything from Napoleonic artifacts and portraits to medals and weaponry.
The Palace of the Legion of Honor (Palais de la Légion d’Honneur) is the grand, neoclassical setting for the Museum of the Legion of Honor. Formally known as the National Museum of the Legion of Honor and its Orders of Knighthood (Musée National de la Légion d'Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie), the institution celebrates the French Legion of Honor—created by Napoleon in 1802—as well as foreign orders of merit. Its wide-ranging collection of artifacts is supplemented by interactive, audio-visual displays.
The Palace of the Legion of Honor can be glimpsed during hop-on hop-off bus tours and even during Seine river cruises. Given its proximity to the ever-popular Musée d’Orsay, the museum can also easily be visited independently.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Museum of the Legion of Honor is free for all to visit.
- Free audio guides, available in English and French, are provided to visitors.
- The Palace of the Legion of Honor was admired by Thomas Jefferson, and he used it as a model for Monticello.
- The museum underwent an extensive renovation in 2006 and was inaugurated by President Jacques Chirac; it was further revamped in 2016.
- The Museum of the Legion of Honor is wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
Given its location in the centrally located 7th arrondissement, the Museum of the Legion of Honor can easily be reached by numerous forms of transportation. Take Metro line 12 to Solférino station, take the RER C to the Musée d’Orsay station, or use bus line 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, or 94. The museum can also be accessed by taxi, by Vélib’ bike, or on foot.
When to Get There
The Museum of the Legion of Honor is open Wednesday–Sunday, 1pm–6pm (last admission is at 5:30pm). It is also closed annually on January 1, May 1, May 5, Ascension Thursday (in May or June), August 15, November 1, December 24, and December 25. The museum also hosts an array of temporary exhibitions, so it’s worth planning repeat visits.
There are numerous must-see objects in the Museum of the Legion of Honor's collection. Highlights include medallions worn by King Louis XVI, a breastplate and helmet worn by Napoleon, and the glittering Spada Collection of artifacts.
Address: 2 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France
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Learn about the life and legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte, the former Emperor of France, on this 3-hour walking tour. With a historian as your guide, you’ll visit École Militaire, Place Vendôme, the Legion of Honor, Les Invalides and the Louvre Museum, and uncover how each famous Paris landmark is connected to Napoleon. Hear about his rise to military and political fame during the French Revolution and beyond. This small-group tour is limited to just 10 participants.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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