Definitive guide

Musée Cluny

The Musée National du Moyen Âge is every Mediaeval art lover’s dream. It is here you’ll find the most complete collection of craftwork and art from the Middle Ages.

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The Musée national du Moyen Âge - Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Musée de Cluny is a museum dedicated to the Middle Ages in Paris. The name - which, by the way, means National Museum of the Middle Ages - Cluny thermal baths and mansion - is quite a mouthful, so people just call it Musée Cluny.

The Musée National du Moyen Âge is quite well-known and luckily, it is included in the Paris Museum Pass. If you plan on visiting a few museums during your stay in Paris, we recommend you get the Pass to save quite a bit of money and skip the queues. You can get your Paris Museum Pass here .

Quite aptly, the Cluny Museum is located in Paris’ oldest neighbourhood, the Latin Quarter. It consists of two adjacent buildings: the Hôtel de Cluny and the Thermes de Cluny. This latter construction is actually what remains of the 3rd-century Gallo-Roman baths of Paris.

Cluny Museum in Paris
Reconstructed at the end of the 15th century, the Hôtel de Cluny is an excellent example of civil Gothic architecture.

Among several of the highly valuable holdings in the Museum are the tapestries of La Dame à la licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn). This 16th-century set is often considered one of the greatest works of art of the European Middle Ages.

Other works held here include stained glass pieces, military objects, tombstones, and various religious artefacts. Although many of the pieces are European, there also are some from the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world of the Middle Ages.

Location

Rue du Sommerard 28, Latin Quarter, 5th arrondissement.

Tickets and price

Type
Ticket
Videoguide
Type Adult Under 18 or EEA residents under 26 18-25 non-EEA
Ticket €12.00 free €10.00
Videoguide €4.00

The Musée Cluny is included in the Paris Museum Pass, which you can get here . The Pass gives you free access to all the most important sights in the city, and you don’t have to queue at the entrance.

Schedule

Day
Tue-Sun
Mon, 1st Jan, 1st May, 25th Dec
Day Opening time Last admission Closure
Tue-Sun 9:30 am 5:30 pm 6:15 pm
Mon, 1st Jan, 1st May, 25th Dec closed

Our recommendations

Lots of school groups visit the Cluny Museum on Thursdays and Fridays. If you want to have more of a quiet visit, we suggest you avoid those days and aim to go between noon and 2:00 pm, or just after 3:30 pm.

Transport

Method
Lines
Stops
Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 10, 4 21, 27, 38, 63, 85, 86, 87 B, C
Stops Cluny-La Sorbonne, Odéon - Cluny - La Sorbonne, Saint-Michel

Nearby sights

The Cluny Museum is located in Paris’ Latin Quarter, so it is near all the attractions in the neighbourhood.

Pantheon - 600 m (almost 0.4 miles) southeast, 9-minute walk.

Notre Dame - 650 m (0.4 miles) northeast, 8-minute walk.

Sainte-Chapelle - 700 m (just over 0.4 miles) north, 9-minute walk.

Île de la Cité - 650 m (0.4 miles) north, 8-minunte walk.

Jardin du Luxembourg - 600 m (almost 0.4 miles) southwest, 8-minunte walk.


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Musée Cluny