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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Musée de Cluny - (Medieval Art)Fee: Yes, however entry is free with the Paris Pass.
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- Monday: 9:15 am - 5:45 pm
- 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
28 rue du Sommerard
Phone: +33 1 53 73 78 00
Debbie P. Dec-12-2019
The museum and the garden was under construction when I went. Why does everyone go even when it's under construction??? The Lady and the Unicorn... Read More
Donna B. Dec-07-2019
The particular time I visited made the visit three stars instead of four. The mid evil architecture portion of the museum was closed for preservation... Read More
Shannon R. Mar-22-2018
I was delighted by Musée de Cluny. Medieval art tends to be very Catholic, so there was quite a bit of that here, but I came here for La Dame à la Licorne,... Read More
Accommodations near Musée de Cluny - (Medieval Art) :
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M10||Cluny - La Sorbonne||3 minutes|
|M4 / RER-B and C||Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame||6 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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