Musee de Cluny - Musee National du Moyen Age, Paris

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Formerly the Musée de Cluny, Musee de Cluny - Musee National du Moyen Age houses a variety of important medieval artifacts, particularly its tapestry collection. The most famous tapestry of the collection is the 15th-century "La Dame à la Licorne" (The Lady and the Unicorn). Other notable works include early medieval sculptures from the 7th and 8th centuries, as well as gold, ivory, antique furnishings, stained glass, and illuminated manuscripts. You'll also marvel at the building itself, from its colorful stained glass room to the Roman baths and the "Pillar of the Boatmen" carved in the 1st century CE. Using our online itinerary creator, Paris attractions like Musee de Cluny - Musee National du Moyen Age can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Most travellers know the Cluny for the tapestries, especially the unicorn. That view requires some stair climbing. However, many artifacts, columns and other exhibits will hold your attention in this ...  more »
  • The hotel is currently under renovation, hence what it's on display is very limited. Though they have a great collection, you should come after they finish the works.  more »
  • We visit this museum every time we come to Paris and we never get tired seeing the same treasures over and over. The biggest attraction is the incredible collection of Lady and the Unicorn tapestries,...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.