Musee de l’Armee – The Army Museum of Paris

A few of many, many examples of armor

A few of many, many examples of armor

Created in 1905 and, currently, containing over 500,000 items spread over 12,000 square meters (just under 130,000 sq. feet), the Musee de l’Armee in Paris is gargantuan.  Its collections are separated over historical periods, so, given our short amount of time in the city, we focused on the ancient-through-medeval section, which has some intricate examples of armor belonging to French kings.

Nice Dragon-Helm, bro

Nice Dragon-Helm, bro

Armor fit for a King

Armor fit for a King

And princes too

And princes too

Lined in gold, must be nice

Lined in gold, must be nice

Some examples were a bit less functional

Some examples were a bit less functional

The depth and breadth of their collection is incredible, it seems to go on for miles…

Suit after suit of plate armor

Suit after suit of plate armor

How do you see out of this thing?

How do you see out of this thing?

Japanese Samurai armor

Japanese Samurai armor

More than just armor, of course, there’s an amazing collection of weapons as well.

Pick a sword, any sword

Pick a sword, any sword

Intricately designed mace

Intricately designed mace

Clever dagger you've got there, Batman

Clever dagger you’ve got there, Batman

This part of the museum also has examples of some very old cannon and firearms.

Would not want to lay siege to a castle, finally break down the door and see this...

Would not want to lay siege to a castle, finally break down the door and see this…

Some of the old guns have really interesting designs

Some of the old guns have really interesting designs

At least one knight was not pleased with the introduction of firearms on the battlefield

At least one knight was not pleased with the introduction of firearms on the battlefield

The most interesting part of the collection are their truly ancient weapons and armor.

Neolithic arrow and spear heads

Neolithic arrow and spear heads

The Bronze-Age is well represented

The Bronze-Age is well represented, “SPARTA!”

Musee de a’Armee is an incredible place to visit, full of history and amazing exhibits.  If you are a history geek, and happen to be in Paris, be sure to check it out.

Mike Knotts

Mike Knotts was born in 1968 in a small town in southern Indiana. Even when very young, Mike showed a love for all-things technical and sci-fi. Moving with his family to California in the early 80's, he eventually graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. Rather than put that to good use, Mike continued to pursue his passion for technology by working for early, regional ISP's in the mid 1990's. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he works as a project manager for an Internet startup. Mike is a co-founder of Geekometry.

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