Centre historique des archives - Service historique de la Défense

Are you researching a conflict, a battle, a unit or even an ancestor who had a role in French military life? Visit the Historical Centre at the Vincennes Archives, one of the Historique de la Défense's three centres, which houses many of the archives from the Ministry of Defence.

Additional informations

Pour accéder aux archives, il faut être inscrit comme lecteur du Service Historique de la Défense. Pour cela, veuillez créer un espace personnel sur le site du SHD et remplir le formulaire d’inscription. Vous pourrez alors réserver vos documents en vue de votre visite.


  • Parking nearby


  • Free of charge.

Opening periods

Every day throughout the year
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 pm and 5 pm. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 am and 5 pm. On Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. On Saturday between 9.30 am and 3 pm.
Closed on Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 11th and December 25th.

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