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Museum of the Legion of Honor (Musée de la Légion d'Honneur)
2 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France
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 Honorcan 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 Honoris free for all to visit.
Free audio guides, available in English and French, are provided to visitors.
The Palace of the Legion of Honorwas 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 Honoris wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
Given its location in the centrally located 7th arrondissement, the Museum of the Legion of Honorcan 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 Honoris 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.
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