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Musee National du Moyen Age-Thermes et Hotel de Cluny

6 Place Paul-Painleve | 5th arrondissement, 75005 Paris, France
01-53-73-78-00
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Ranked #34 of 691 attractions in Paris
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Type: Art Museums
Description: This museum, located in a spacious former hotel, houses a collection of medieval art, including jewelry, tapestries and sculptures.
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Well, aside from getting to walk around a beautifully maintained medieval house in Paris, the treasures contained in the Cluny are pretty amazing. Let's get the most famous ones out of the way: the unicorn tapestries. The museum has just completed a new room to showcase the tapestries, and it's a big improvement. The lighting is better (still dim, to... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

When reading about the Cluny Museum, the two main things you hear about are the stained glass windows and the lady unicorn tapestry. Sadly the lady unicorn tapestry room was closed for the week for restoration and so with the highlight of the museum being missing, you would think you would be told this before having to pay the entry... More

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Cahors, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Extraordinary collection of medieval reliqueries, tapestries and sculptures. Much of it is housed in the remains of a medieval abbey and the ancient Roman baths of Paris. The main 'room' of the baths is vast and high - most impressive. I expected to be disappointed but was not.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The tapestries are back! When I went in June of 2013, they were out - but they have returned to the Cluny in 2014! I remember seeing pictures of the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry while in grade school, many years ago. To see the quality and fine detail in real life leaves you wondering how they were able to... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Magnificent tapestries: The Lady and the Unicorn demonstrating the six senses. Scholars cannot agree on which "sense" is being demonstrated in the sixth tapestry, so you can form your own opinion! The statues, stained glass, paintings,and Roman baths date from the Middle Ages back to the time of Roman occupation. The palace housing it all was built in 1500 and... More

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Split, Croatia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I have to be honest- I have expected something more.. But it's interesting, and wort visit.. On the other hand, if I didn't have museum pass and payed a ticket I wouldn't be so happy about it..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Well worth attending for the collection but, for a major museum in Paris, it is very badly presented. Let me explain. The museum is located in an interesting building with Roman features, those of a medieval abbey and later use as a prestige residence. Unfortunately the building itself is very poorly explained - no explanation for the usage of the... More

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San Diego, California, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

My daughter and I greatly enjoyed the Cluny, which is my favorite kind of museum, intimate and quiet. We arrived on a Saturday and there was no line. We got the audio guides which were extremely helpful, and enjoyed viewing thousands of years of history, from the Roman baths, to the ruins of Notre Dame, to the incredible unicorn tapestries.... More

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Owatonna, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

If TA had an option for 4.5 stars I'd give it that because it's not on the same level as the Louvre or Musee d'Orsay but this is a great museum! As others have said, it's a lot more than just the unicorn tapestries. It is a wonderful museum with a lot smaller crowds than the others. We used the... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I was attracted by the museum because of its location. At walking distance from the hotel, it seemed a great way to start our first family journey to Paris. My expectations were fully met. With the audio guides we walked through Paris' Roman and medieval history. The exhibits are well organized and the commentaries very professional. One gets a feel... More

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