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Musée National du Moyen Age

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Musée National du Moyen Age – Thermes de Cluny, Paris

Musée National du Moyen Age – Thermes de Cluny in Paris is the National Museum of the Middle Ages. It also is known as Musée de Cluny. The Musée National du Moyen Age is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Paris, a former mansion whose construction started in 1334. The mansion was integrated into and built on the site of the ruins of ancient Gallo-Roman thermal baths. The museum is best known for the beautiful “Lady and the Unicorn” tapestry and it also has impressive collections of medieval sculpture and arts.

The museum building is called Cluny or  Thermes de Cluny and is a 15th-century Gothic mansion and abbey. Built from 1485 to 1498 and integrated to a pre-existing Gallo-Roman baths complex it features Gothic doorways, hexagonal staircase jutting out of the façade and a vaulted chapel.

The Gallo-Roman baths are built in classic Roman stone and brick masonry and are the best preserved Roman remains in Paris. The vaulted frigidarium (cold bath), tepidarium (warm bath), caldarium (hot bath) and all still visible. It all centred around a hypocaust system where the central heating produces and circulates hot air below the floor of the rooms and also through the walls.

Masterpieces of the Musée National du Moyen Age

Musée National du Moyen Age – Thermes de Cluny, Paris

  • Name:               Musée National du Moyen Age
  • City:                  Paris
  • Established:      1843
  • Type:                 Middle Ages Art Museum
  • Address:            6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris, France
  • Public transit access:
    • Metro Cluny-La Sorbonne / Saint-Michel / Odéon
    • Bus no. 21 – 27 – 38 – 63 – 85 – 86 – 87
    • RER line C Saint-Michel / line B Cluny – La Sorbonne

Musée National du Moyen Age  (Musée de Cluny) Map


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