Musée de Cluny - (Medieval Art)

No other museum can rival the Musée de Cluny collection of medieval art and artefacts

Headless sculptures in the Musée de Cluny
Headless sculptures in the Musée de Cluny cc licensed photo by Olivier Bruchez

The Musée de Cluny is one of the most fascinating museums to visit in Paris. Situated at 6 Place Paul Painleve 75005 Paris, the Musée de Cluny is the National Museum of the Middle Ages. There is no other museum that can rival the Musée de Cluny in terms of the extent of their medieval collection of art and artefacts. The museum is also well known for its unique display as the actual building is a combination of medieval architecture and Gallo Roman ruins.

Among the many attractions within the vast museum are sculptures that date back to the 7th and 8th century respectively as well as a number of very important manuscripts from the medieval period which was well known for elaborate art work within these manuscripts. There are also a number of antique furniture and furnishings to be seen, gold and ivory art pieces and tapestries from many castles and noble homes around France.

Among these tapestries is perhaps the most famous tapestry collection in all of France, La Dame a la Licorne or the Lady of the Unicorn. These famous tapestries are said to have been woven in Flanders from silk and wool and are considered to be the finest example of tapestry art still in existence from the entire medieval period.

The original building in which the museum is housed was once a hotel — the Hotel de Cluny which, in the early part of the 14 century, was owned by the abbots of Cluny. The abbots of Cluny owned this hotel for a century by which time it was taken over by the Bishop of Clermont who lived in it as his official residence. The bishop rebuilt much of the hotel and many examples of the period's Gothic and renaissance elements remain intact to this day.

This museum definitely falls into the must see list of heritage sites for those who are in love with the Medieval period. Ensure that you allocate enough time on your itinerary to do it justice.

Nearby attractions: Latin Quarter, Pantheon and Notre Dame

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, however entry is free with the Paris Pass.

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:15 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9:15 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Thursday: 9:15 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Friday: 9:15 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Saturday: 9:15 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Sunday: 9:15 AM – 5:45 PM

Address: 6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris, France

Phone: 01 53 73 78 00

Official Website: Musée de Cluny - (Medieval Art)

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M10Cluny - La Sorbonne‎3 minutes
M4 / RER-B and CSaint-Michel - Notre-Dame‎‎6 minutes

How to get to Musée de Cluny - (Medieval Art) by Metro / RER

By Metro M10: Take Metro Line 10 to Cluny - La Sorbonne‎ Station. Exit the station and Cross over Bd Saint-Germain and walk south on Rue Saint-Jacques then right on Rue du Sommerard.

By Metro M4 or RER: Exit Metro Line 4 or RER Line B or C at Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame. Walk south on Bd Saint-Michel to Rue Pierre Sarrazin and go left. Musée de Cluny is just ahead on your left.

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Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5

5 Star Rating As for me, this is most interesting museum of history in Paris. It's not so overloaded with relics as Louvre, but by the other hand it's not so exhausting to walk through museum and look at collection. Also here's famous The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry and some other relics. Don't forget to take a look at Gothic chapelle.

Ярослав Жаров - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating A gem of a museum. Not to be missed if you are into all things medieval. If you aren't into all things medieval, still go, it might convert you. World class object collection covering all aspects of life in the middle ages. Housed in an amazing historic building. It's small when compared to the Louvre, but it's more focused so you can absorb it all in a single visit. Highly recommended.

Garford Moore - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating I had a great time at this museum! I went here with a few friends. We learned a lot of interesting information about the Middle Ages through things such as the Unicorn Tapestries and Stained Glass. I also had a great time strolling around the museum with my friends. There are dozens of interesting exhibits to look at and read about. I would definitely recommend this to any French residents or tourists! Je recommend!

Emma BROWN - 17 days ago

4 Star Rating An incredible gem. The medieval castle was built on the grounds of Roman baths (the remains of which are part of the museum). The place is filled with art treasures from the Middle Ages. The best of these, for my money, are the mangled Kings of Judah busts, which stare out at you from antiquity. The heads once were on statues that decorated Notre Dame Cathedral. French Revolution crowds tore down and decapitated the statues. The heads were buried for 200 years before being accidentally dug up. Fantastic history here.

Allen Parsons - 21 days ago

4 Star Rating A beautiful little museum perfect for afternoon escape into the romance of medieval and renaissance ages. Do spend some time admiring the national treasures of France- the astoundingly beautiful set of 6 tapestries collectively known as 'The lady and the Unicorn' tapestries. Harry potter geeks will love it- these tapestries also hang in Gryffindor common room!! Also enthralling are the hallucination-like highly carved Wood tryptychs detailing saintly figures and the lovely stained glass window collections. Also admire the thermal baths from Roman ages. Fantastic photo opportunities here.

Suhasini Gotmare - 22 days ago

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