Exceptional animations in the courtyard of the invalids
December 9 and 10, 2023
  • WE LOVE : free and original historical and family show
  • AGE : for all
  • DATE December 9 and 10, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • PLACE Museum of the Army - Invalides (Paris 7ème)
the Holy Beard at the Army Museum

Saint Barbara's Day at the Army Museum: a free and original family event

  • As every year the Army museum in collaboration with the Artillery School of Draguignan and its brass band celebrates the feast of Saint Barbara which is the feast of the artillerymen.
  • On the occasion of Saint Barbara's Day, the Musée des Invalides is offering a weekend of free visits to the museum's artillery collections, with brass bands and demonstrations
  • A little reminder: Saint Barbara is the Patron Saint of fireworks makers, armorers, artillerymen, miners and firemen. Saint Barbara conjures up thunder, lightning, and all accidents linked to the explosion of gunpowder.
  • To celebrate the feast of Saint Barbara, The courtyard of honour of the Invalides is the scene of a free historical, family show around the artillery.
  • It's a festive weekend combining performances, reconstructions and presentation of military equipment.
  • Specialists in artillery regiments retrace the evolution of artillery from the First Empire to the present day to the sound of the brass band of the Draguignan Military School.
  • It's a free and exceptional animation for the general public.
  • Children accompanied by adults are invited to meet the actors of the event. They are encouraged to answer the questions in a booklet - games handed out free of charge on site.

Timetable of the "Feast of Saint Barbara at the Invalides":

  • From 2:30 p.m. on December 9 and 10, 2023
  • Around 2:30 pm: brass band
  • Around 3pm: artillery demonstrations by soldiers in period dress.
  • Around 3:30 pm: cannon fire
  • From 3:45 pm: time for exchange around the actors of the event 


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