"Napoleon and Europe" at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris

From March 27, 2013 to July 14, 2013
  • Esquisse pour le décor du palais du Quirinal : Napoléon remet le Code civil à la Ville de Rome

    Esquisse pour le décor du palais du Quirinal : Napoléon remet le Code civil à la Ville de Rome

    © Roma Capitale, Sovraintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

  • Médaille Rome – Paris

    Médaille Rome – Paris

    © Paris, musée de l’Armée, Dist.RMN‐GP / Emilie Cambier

  • Chapeau porté par Napoléon Ier lors de la campagne de Russie

    Chapeau porté par Napoléon Ier lors de la campagne de Russie

    © musée de l’Armée, Dist. RMN‐GP / Emilie Cambier

"Napoleon and Europe" at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris fr

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) had a deep and lasting effect on the history of Europe, despite remaining in power for a mere fifteen years.

The exhibition Napoléon et l'Europe bears witness to Napoleon Bonaparte's European ambitions between 1793 and 1815. The visit reveals his ambitious policies for expansion in Europe and the subsequent reactions by the various European countries, whether in support of, or against, such policies. The exhibition will also highlight the consequences and the deep scars that such a conquest left on Europe.

Far removed from stereotype and biased opinions, this exhibition aims to present an influential episode in French and European history in a different manner; by combining the diverse, oftentimes opposing viewpoints of Napoleon's contemporaries, on themes such as war, politics, diplomacy, the government, currency, propaganda and the arts.

In order to recount or retrace this chapter of history, 250 artworks, objects and document have been gathered together, on loan from fifty or so European museums and institutions, with more than half of these coming from outside France.  Since the restrospective exhibition Napoléon held in 1969 at the Grand Palais, Paris, no other exhibition of this scope and ambition has been organized in France.

Continue your Napoleonic visit at the Musée de l'Armée

Holders of combined tickets may continue their visit to several other spaces of the museum and discover:

  • the Napoleonic Collections of the Musée de l'Armée's permanent exhibition; a remarkable collection devoted to the military history of the époque.
  • Napoléon's tomb, designed and built by Visconti between 1842 and 1861 in the Eglise du Dôme (Les Invalides church); the Dôme also houses the graves of certain members of Napoléon's family.
  • the series Morts à Vilnius (Death in Vilnius) on the archaeological excavations carried out in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2002 following the discovery of mass graves of soldiers from the Grande Armée.

Opening times

  • From 1 April: monday to sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
  • Late-night opening until 9pm on Tuesday evenings (except 23 & 30 April and 7 May)
  • Closed on May 1

Admission fees and rates

  • Exhibition: 8,50 €
  • Exhibition and museum: 12 €

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