Musee De Cluny
Musee De Cluny
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:15 PM
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
About
This museum, located in a spacious former hotel, houses a collection of medieval art, including jewelry, tapestries and sculptures.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: 5th Arr. - Panthéon
How to get there
  • Cluny – La Sorbonne • 1 min walk
  • Maubert-Mutualité • 4 min walk
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  • beachlovernc2015
    Leland, North Carolina2,029 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this museum
    We are not really museum goers but this one is a gem - so full of treasures. Items (sculptures) from Notre Dame and stained glass from Sainte Chapelle. Recently reopened after renovation, it is well laid out and all the exhibits are beautifully arranged and lit with detailed explanations. The highlight is the room full of large size tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn. They have a wonderful small cafe where you can get some very good food at reasonable prices and sit out in a courtyard - lovely spot. This is well worth anyone's time to see.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Bob R
    Belgrade, Serbia609 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum
    A really nice museum of medieval works of art. And of course famous tapiseries Dame with a unicorn. But all rooms with works of art are really great. Definitely a must see! It is free on 1st sunday of the month.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 September 2023
  • belgaicas
    Sydney, Australia667 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much to see at this medieval museé
    We were staying nearby and had this museé on our list - it did not disappoint. It is a museum of the Middle Ages and fascinating. Much to listen to (audio a must) and see. Lots of religious paintings and artisans and even some bits of Notre Dame. But the truly spectacular thing, for me, were the Lady and the Unicorn huge tapestries. We spent about two hours here with ease. If you have been to Paris before and ‘done’ the Louvre and d’Orsay, give this a go. Combine with a visit to the Pantheon and a stroll through the Luxembourg gardens for a day in the Latin quarter.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • John K
    Perth, Australia330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well presented and fascinating.
    Well worth the effort to find this museum. Very well organised staffing and display. Take your time here because there is such a variety of different and interesting aspects and items on display. Very enjoyable and stimulating museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • joycesnorkel
    Albuquerque, New Mexico203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Medieval Art in a Beautiful Setting
    I have been waiting for this to reopen and so it has! If the Medieval period is fascinating to you, then you will enjoy these exhibits. It was not crowded, the building is beautiful and there are many things to see in here. Without all the people, we could really take our time and enjoy. Perhaps not for the first time visitor, but another one to keep in mind if you have seen the “top hits”.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,585 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully curated collection of French medieval art. Lovely Crystal exhibition.
    The collection is exhibited in 21 galleries, arranged chronologically. If you plan on going soon, do so because there's a wonderful exhibit of crystal objects through the ages on view, including more recent artists such as Albert Giacometti. The medieval French art collection features many masterpieces in a variety of media, including tapestry, sculpture, painting and stained glass. The explanatory text in each room, in both English and French, made it clear that cultural influences from the East were prevalent in several periods. The curators have completed their task with skill and intelligence.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Victoria
    189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come for the tapestries
    Centrally located, the Musee de Cluny is the city's premier museum dedicated to medieval art. Most of the artefacts are local. You'll find lots of sculpture and stained glass, notably from Notre Dame and Sainte-Chappelle, among other items. The highlight? The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries - six massive 15th century tapestries that deservedly have their own room. Take an adventure through the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch (just don't touch the tapestries themselves) and wonder who or what is the lady's one desire. Like all museums in Paris, you'll need to go through security to enter.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gallo-Roman remains and Medieval artifacts
    Set on the site of Gallo-Roman baths from nearly 2,000 years ago, this is an excellent museum on medieval history, namely that of Paris and France. It's a two story museum (lift available) containing many artifacts and remnants from Gallo-Roman times onwards. Excellent displays and the museum is well laid out. Certain displays may be closed or open dependent on the time of year. The outdoor sections are only open when the time is right - usually when the weather is nicer. There's an audio guide available sometimes which is very helpful. You can also arrange a guided tour ahead of time. Gift shop at the end with many books on the subjects covered in the museum. Lockers and bathrooms available on site as well. It's right off of Cluny metro stop and when done at the museum there are plenty of eateries and shops just outside the museum.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 March 2024
  • seattleboston
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See Museum
    Paris is home to the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay….this museum is much smaller and the crowds are much smaller in comparison. It houses great items from the medieval period. Perhaps the most famous piece here are the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, which are exquisite. Amazing to imagine the level of artistry and hard work that went into creating them! There are also many beautiful pieces of stained glass works and various sculptures/carvings from the period.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 March 2024
  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts38,370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Lady and the Unicorn… and so much more
    I went to the Musée Cluny on April 7th , which was the first Sunday of the month, so it was free, but luckily was no line at all. I started with the exhibit at the Frigidarium or the Thermes de Cluny. The walls are behind the exhibits now, so I wasn’t able to see the ruins of the Gallo-Roman thermal baths discovered right in the heart of Paris. I have no regrets though because the exhibit“The Art of France at the time of Charles VII” was spectacular. It was fascinating to see how the paintings, objects of art, stained glass windows, tapestries have changed from static and expressionless to lively and meaningful over the course of 39 years, from 1422 to 1461. Then I continued to the permanent collection where elaborate craftsmanship of the medieval time was presented in the best possible way. Intricate carvings of wooden, silver and ivory objects, brightly colored stained glass (you can get a close look at the examples of stained glass from the Sainte-Chapelle), opulent religious objects, original statuary from the Notre Dame Cathedral, etc. And stunning tapestries… not just The Lady and the Unicorn, which is just beyond any reasonable imagination. I don’t even know how much time I spent looking at these six stunning tapestries. Five of them depict the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch. The sixth displays the words "À mon seul désir" (to my only/sole desire). Once in your life you have to see this treasure… really… Practical note: the earlier you come on a free Sunday of the month the better: when I exited the museum around 2pm, the line to enter was very long.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 April 2024
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AndreP
Frankfurt, Germany1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
On Tuesday 7.5.2024, around 11:30 a.m., my wife and I intended to visit the Museum of the Middle Ages.

The vigipirate controller - a person aged 20-30 - did not want to let me pass with my 5 cm pocket knife attached to my key ring. As this seemed justified given the current situation, I happily agreed to detach the penknife from my key ring, assuming that it would be possible to retrieve it when leaving. I was very unpleasantly surprised to learn that this was not possible. This would have been the equivalent of confiscation of the penknife if I had wanted to continue with the visit.

Considering this way of acting towards a customer unacceptable, almost humiliating, we decided to forgo visiting the museum.
Written 11 May 2024
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I went to the Musée Cluny on April 7th , which was the first Sunday of the month, so it was free, but luckily was no line at all.

I started with the exhibit at the Frigidarium or the Thermes de Cluny. The walls are behind the exhibits now, so I wasn’t able to see the ruins of the Gallo-Roman thermal baths discovered right in the heart of Paris. I have no regrets though because the exhibit“The Art of France at the time of Charles VII” was spectacular. It was fascinating to see how the paintings, objects of art, stained glass windows, tapestries have changed from static and expressionless to lively and meaningful over the course of 39 years, from 1422 to 1461.

Then I continued to the permanent collection where elaborate craftsmanship of the medieval time was presented in the best possible way. Intricate carvings of wooden, silver and ivory objects, brightly colored stained glass (you can get a close look at the examples of stained glass from the Sainte-Chapelle), opulent religious objects, original statuary from the Notre Dame Cathedral, etc. And stunning tapestries… not just The Lady and the Unicorn, which is just beyond any reasonable imagination. I don’t even know how much time I spent looking at these six stunning tapestries. Five of them depict the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch. The sixth displays the words "À mon seul désir" (to my only/sole desire). Once in your life you have to see this treasure… really…

Practical note: the earlier you come on a free Sunday of the month the better: when I exited the museum around 2pm, the line to enter was very long.
Written 20 April 2024
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Michelle R
Indianapolis, IN2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I've been working in Paris since 1987. I've visited this museum many times over the years, and it was always a great spot because of the small crowds, the architecture, the concerts, and the paintings on display. The renovation to the building is "nice." It is beautiful from the outside; it is easier to get into the building itself, the courtyard is now attached to a cafe, and you can sit outside after you enter and wind your way through the museum. (You used to enter through the courtyard.) However, on my visit, I was really disappointed. Even though it has been prettied up, there was less art on display. All the attention in the renovation seems to have gone toward the architecture, not the museum holdings. On my visit, the museum space itself seemed much smaller. Even the room with the unicorn tapestry felt small and cramped. This is not to say that it's not a nice museum, it is. However, if you have visited Cluny over the years to see the paintings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, you might be disappointed.
Written 15 April 2024
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Tin
Paris, France2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I loved this museum ! It was recently renovated and clean. Lots of interesting sculptures and exhibition to see. The museum isn’t all that big so I did not become tired after hahah
Written 11 April 2024
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seattleboston
Seattle24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Paris is home to the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay….this museum is much smaller and the crowds are much smaller in comparison. It houses great items from the medieval period. Perhaps the most famous piece here are the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, which are exquisite. Amazing to imagine the level of artistry and hard work that went into creating them!
There are also many beautiful pieces of stained glass works and various sculptures/carvings from the period.
Written 23 March 2024
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Set on the site of Gallo-Roman baths from nearly 2,000 years ago, this is an excellent museum on medieval history, namely that of Paris and France. It's a two story museum (lift available) containing many artifacts and remnants from Gallo-Roman times onwards. Excellent displays and the museum is well laid out. Certain displays may be closed or open dependent on the time of year. The outdoor sections are only open when the time is right - usually when the weather is nicer. There's an audio guide available sometimes which is very helpful. You can also arrange a guided tour ahead of time. Gift shop at the end with many books on the subjects covered in the museum. Lockers and bathrooms available on site as well. It's right off of Cluny metro stop and when done at the museum there are plenty of eateries and shops just outside the museum.
Written 11 March 2024
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Victoria
189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Centrally located, the Musee de Cluny is the city's premier museum dedicated to medieval art. Most of the artefacts are local. You'll find lots of sculpture and stained glass, notably from Notre Dame and Sainte-Chappelle, among other items.

The highlight? The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries - six massive 15th century tapestries that deservedly have their own room. Take an adventure through the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch (just don't touch the tapestries themselves) and wonder who or what is the lady's one desire.

Like all museums in Paris, you'll need to go through security to enter.
Written 18 February 2024
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,585 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The collection is exhibited in 21 galleries, arranged chronologically. If you plan on going soon, do so because there's a wonderful exhibit of crystal objects through the ages on view, including more recent artists such as Albert Giacometti. The medieval French art collection features many masterpieces in a variety of media, including tapestry, sculpture, painting and stained glass. The explanatory text in each room, in both English and French, made it clear that cultural influences from the East were prevalent in several periods. The curators have completed their task with skill and intelligence.
Written 15 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

joycesnorkel
Albuquerque, NM203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I have been waiting for this to reopen and so it has! If the Medieval period is fascinating to you, then you will enjoy these exhibits. It was not crowded, the building is beautiful and there are many things to see in here. Without all the people, we could really take our time and enjoy. Perhaps not for the first time visitor, but another one to keep in mind if you have seen the “top hits”.
Written 14 November 2023
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wassger
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
It was amazing. Plenty of art works, really nice, impressive place.. and the atmospehere of history is really touching.
Written 25 October 2023
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