• Paris Museum Pass
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    Family-friendly
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    Paris Museum Pass
    €12.00
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What you'll do

The Musée des Plans-Reliefs is a brilliantly eccentric museum devoted to an intricate and largely forgotten craft

Visit the Museum of 3D Relief Maps with The Paris Pass®

  • You can visit this attraction with the digital Paris Museum Pass. Please download it before you visit!
  • Discover the models studied by Kings to devise defense and war strategies
  • In 1700 Louis XIV installed a collection of these maps in the Louvre where it remained until 1774

Created in 1943, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs houses around 100 models of French and foreign towns of strategic importance.

In 1668, under the instruction of Louis XIV, a minister created a relief map, that is, a three-dimensional map of a French fortress, in order to give military commanders a better idea of the particular castle. This saw the start of a great collection of these models, which was to become richer each year for more than two centuries.

The king’s engineers built relief maps of all the fortresses the military was, or might be concerned with both inside and outside France. The purpose of this was not only strategic but as proof of the power of the monarchy and as commemorative works of great battles and sieges.

The Musée des Plans-Reliefs collection was first kept in the Tuileries and then moved to the Louvre in 1700. A preservation order was placed on it in 1927. The production of these relief maps only ceased in 1870 as fortifications with bastions began to disappear and it became less militarily important to know their precise dimensions.

The collection at the Musée des Plans-Reliefs really is amazing; it is a must-see for military enthusiasts and lovers of genius eccentricity. Come experience this incredible museum with The Paris Pass.

Know before you go

Please note: this attraction is available as part of the digital Paris Museum Pass, which is included with your Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Please download it before you visit!

For the full list of attractions on the digital Paris Museum Pass, please visit our information page.

For more information visit the Museum of 3D Relief Maps website.

Where you'll be

Map of location of attraction

129 rue de Grenelle, Paris, FR

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Operating hours

April 1 – September 30
Daily: 10AM - 6PM

October 1 – March 31
Daily: 10AM - 5PM

Please see the attraction website for the most up-to-date hours.

Closings & holidays

January 4, June 7, October 4, December 6, December 25 and January 1

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