National Archives (Hotel de Soubise)

Local nameArchives Nationales
Location3rd arrondissement of Paris, France

The Archives Nationales, also known as the French Archives or the National Archives, preserve France's official archives apart from the archives of the Ministry of the Armies and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as these two ministries have their own archive services, the Defence Historical Service and Diplomatic Archives respectively. The Archives Nationales have one of the largest and most important archival collections in the world, a testimony to the very ancient nature of the French state which has been in existence for more than twelve centuries already.

The Archives Nationales were created at the time of the French Revolution in 1790, but it was a state decree of 1794 that made it mandatory to centralise all the pre-French Revolution private and public archives seized by the revolutionaries, completed by a law passed in 1796 which created departmental archives in the départements of France to alleviate the burden on the Archives Nationales in Paris, thus creating the collections of…

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Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 2 pm - 5:30 pm

(Closed on Tuesdays)


In periods of temporary exhibitions (only exhibitions organized on the 1st floor of the museum):
Adults: €6
Concessions: €4

Excluding temporary exhibition period:
Adults: €3
Concessions: €2

More information and contact


Official Website



Phone +33140276096

Address 60 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France

Coordinates 48°51'36.341" N 2°21'31.204" E

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