Nestled in a unique site that houses both the Gallo-Roman baths of Lutetia and the town house of the abbots of Cluny, the Cluny Museum, or, to give it its proper title, the Musée National du Moyen-Age, is a must for a visit during your stay in Paris. Located just minutes from the Hotel Saint-Jacques, it has one of the richest collections of medieval art and artefacts in the world, as well as a period garden.
Medieval collections to discover with your family
The Cluny Museum watches over remains from two periods of history; the Gallo-Roman baths of the 1st century AD and an abbey dating from the end of the 15th century.
The museum houses superb collections of art and artefacts dating from antiquity to the Renaissance and vividly shows how life was lived in the Middle Ages. Here you’ll find masterpieces such as the Pillar of the Boatmen (1st century) and the series of six exquisite tapestries called The Lady and the Unicorn (15th century).
The collections are readily accessible to children, who are encouraged to imagine what the medieval period was like. The museum also organises various activities for children and families.
A medieval-inspired garden and exciting temporary exhibitions
Take a walk in the beautiful medieval garden where the planting is organised as it would have been in the Middle Ages. There is a herb garden as well as other spaces blooming with lilies, roses and violets. The cleverly trimmed shrubbery and floral compositions create an inviting place for relaxation.
The Cluny Museum offers one or two temporary exhibitions each year. The Hotel Saint-Jacques invites you to discover the exhibition Magical Unicorns until February 25th, 2019. Another exhibition is planned for the end of the year; The Art of Embroidery in the Middle Ages will run from October 24th, 2019 to January 20th, 2020.
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