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“Roman Ruins with Jewels of Medieval Europe”

Musee de Cluny - Musee National du Moyen Age
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Private Tour: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie
Ranked #41 of 1,124 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: This museum, located in a spacious former hotel, houses a collection of medieval art, including jewelry, tapestries and sculptures.
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“Roman Ruins with Jewels of Medieval Europe”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We decided to visit this museum mainly to see the best preserved roman ruins in Paris, but boy we were surprised by what the collection had to behold. Beautifully preserved stain glass windows, marble statues, jewellery, pottery and an insight into daily life during the middle ages. But of course, the highlight of the museum are the tapestries. The Lady and the Unicorn as featured in Sir Kenneth Clark's Civilisation was the crown in the jewel. The medieval house the museum is mainly concentrated in and the vast Roman baths make for a stunning location. Friendly staff and a great gift shop make for one of the top lesser-known attractions to visit in Paris. Will make sure to fit this museum into our itinerary again on our next trip to Paris.

Visited January 2014
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“Wonderful collection of Medieval items and Roman baths”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Jewelry, pottery, tapestries--including the famous tapestry talked about in Dan Brown's first book about the Holy Grail.

Visited June 2014
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“Worth a stop”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

After starting our day with Modern Art, our 10 year-old said, "OK, let's go see some old stuff now." After a quick lunch time perusal of the tourbooks, we decided on this museum as it was on the way back to our apartment.

It closed a little earlier than some of the other museums which was a bit disappointing but we did the best we could.

We all enjoyed the "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries. It was fun to get our son involved, asking him to compare them and find similarities and differences. They're amazing works of art and well worth seeing.

We also enjoyed the various other exhibits- the heads from Notre Dame, the stained glass displays, and the building itself is very interesting.

If we get back to Paris, I definitely want to spend more time exploring this museum.

Visited July 2014
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Schwedelbach, Germany
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“Always one of my favorite museums.”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

This museum has a nice collection of artifacts from the Middle Ages. I'm no expert in any of these, but the museum is set up nicely and is easy to get around. Most explanations are in French, but there are boards in each room with English explanations. Once can also get audio guides as well. My favorite exhibits are the beheaded Kings of Judah (thanks, French Revolution!) that had been part of the Notre Dame cathedral, a room with stained glass windows in it, and the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, for which the museum is perhaps best known. I went with a friend this time, but my teenaged daughter also enjoys this museum.

Visited July 2014
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Albinyana, Spain
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“A step into the medieval world”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Set in what was once a monastery this museum is a bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit, they have some very interesting items on display
Of special interest is the collection of medieval tapestries, in pride of place the Lady with the Unicorn, series, Instruments and the gardens are worth a visit too, very peaceful and relaxing

Visited June 2014
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