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Les Invalides Handicapped Accessibility

  Les Invalides Handicapped Access – The Hôtel Les Invalides building contains three military museums as well as Napoleon’s tomb. Les Invalides handicapped access is good in the military museums, but Napolean’s tomb is not wheelchair accessible.  The museum is must-see for fans of European military history.

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Although the building is on the Seine River, you should not approach from that direction. The accessible entrance to the museums is on the opposite side of the building from the river. When approaching from the South side of the building and facing the large chapel containing Napoleon’s tomb, the accessible entrance will be on your left. There is a ramp at the entrance and admission is free for someone with a disability and their companion.

The exhibits are divided into three sections. The “ancien” portion contains the displays covering the 13th to 17th centuries. The “modern” section picks up where the “ancient” section leaves off and goes up to Napoleon III. The final section contains displays on World War I and World War II. All of these sections are step-free and have elevators to reach the various levels.

The area of the building containing Napoleon’s Tomb is accessed via 14 steps. Unfortunately, there is no elevator to get past the steps.

Les Invalides is close to the Rodin Museum. Consider visiting both in the same day.

I gave this a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating instead of a 3 star rating because the entire museum is flat with elevators. It did not get a 5 star rating because Napoleon’s Tomb is not accessible.

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Is there an accessible entrance? Yes
Where is it located? On the south side of the building to the left of the large chapel containing Napoleon’s tomb.
Are there steps to get into the building? No, there is a ramp
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? Push/pull and motion activated

Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? Place Vauban is nearest to the southern entrance (the south desk is dedicated to individual visitors)

Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? Flat and smooth

What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 80%

Which parts are not accessible? Eglise du Dôme (which contains Napoleon’s tomb) has 14 steps

Are there loaner wheelchairs? Yes

Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes

Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up stepsGuided visits are available for groups between 8 and 20 people

Does advance notice need to be given for…

…handicapped parking? No
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? Some wheelchairs are available on the site. Visitors can ask at the information office (south desk)

…accessible tours? Not necessary, but you can ask us at

Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? The entrance is free for someone with a disability and also for 1 companion

How long to most able-bodied visitors spend at the museum?  2-3 hours

Address: 129 rue de Grenelle, Paris, France,
Telephone: 01 44 42 37 72

650 meter path from the front of the building to the accessible entrance. If you get dropped off by a taxi, get dropped off at the southeast corner of the building.

If you get dropped off at the southeast corner of the building, you will go down this street, past the large chapel, then turn right to get to the accessible entrance shown in the picture on the right:

The old section of the building has old armor and weapons. Napoleon’s tomb is not accessible due to a flight of stairs and is shown in the picture on the right:

There are elevators to visit the various floors:

Handicapped parking spot between Les Invalides and Rodin Museum:

Handicapped parking spots near Les Invalides:


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