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. Visit the official website for details.

Musée de Cluny - (Medieval Art) Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 6:15 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:15 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:15 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:15 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:15 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:15 PM

Address: 28 Rue du Sommerard, 75005 Paris, France

Phone: 01 53 73 78 00

Official Website: Musée de Cluny - (Medieval Art)

Musée de Cluny - (Medieval Art) Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating If you are at all into the middle ages 16th century, particular non-secular items, this is a fantastic museum. The visit is worth it just to see The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. There are some truly amazing wood carved altar pieces from the 1500s that were maybe 4'x6'. The pieces there are generally religious oriented, but the craftsmanship is breathtaking.
Kate Jones - 2 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating This was an amazing museum however I have a few points 1. If you go in with a basic understanding of the middle ages, it's probably not enough to full understand the exhibits so study beforehand 2. I wish they had kept the museum in a more traditional and ancient style! You can see parts of the abbey and the exterior is beautiful, but they mixed modern and ancient inside and I feel like it doesn't do the place justice
Raven Cortright - a month ago

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3 Star Rating Hard one to rate to be honest, as the place is beautiful but when you go in you see that some works are hidden away behind the free standing walls and some parts aren’t in English and others are. You can get an audio guide for a 2€ but I only found that out once I was walking around inside the exhibition spaces. I feel it would be nicer to see more of the original building on the ground floor. It has free lockers for your bag but very few for big bags, so be mindful of that. Other than that the staff are nice and if you love medieval ages of France and surrounding areas, then it’s definitely worth your time! If not and you have a short time in Paris then I’d say avoid it. It does have a great gift shop tho!
Caïna Verrin - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Bought a ticket for first thing in the morning. Some excellent examples of life and art starting from 1100 to 1600. Well presented and easy to move around, not as crowded as many of the other sites. Elevators and bathrooms on site. All of the displays are in both French and English. One of my favorite museums in Paris.
Devon Martin - a month ago

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5 Star Rating I have been to the museum a few times, and always enjoy a return. The museum features a pleasant blend of Roman bath houses, and the medieval mansion built by monks on the same site. The collection of medieval art is also fantastic, but everyone loves the pièce de resistance, the tapestries of the woman with the unicorn (la dame à la licorne.)
Derek Kerton - 4 weeks ago

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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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