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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 #35 of 788 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

A beautiful building with a lovely courtyard and very interesting and gorgeous artifacts and furnishings from the Middle Ages. The piece de resistance are the huge Unicorn tapestries. The colors and the stitching are breathtaking. Five represent the five senses and there is a mystery surrounding their lineage that somehow makes them more interesting. Most museums in Paris are free... More

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Saratoga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The medieval unicorn tapestries alone make this museum worth the visit. We've been here several times and always enjoy it. It's big enough to be worth the visit, but small enough that you're not overwhelmed. Having been to Paris many times, we prefer the many small museums of Paris like this one, rather than the Louvre. The heads of kings... More

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FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

and the hotel of the abbots of Cluny along with the collections bequeathed by Alexandre du Sommerard make this an interesting place to visit. It is on the Paris Museum Pass so you can get free entry with the purchase of a pass. Oh, and the fully restored lady and the unicorn tapestries are on display in case that wasn't... More

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West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Got to see this museum for "free" as was part of my museum pass. . After the crowds of larger museums, I really enjoyed this museum. The architecture itself is interesting. The exhibits were great. Kinda like strolling through a mansion. I really enjoyed the exhibit with headless kings and the nearby heads - very interestring. Would visit again.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was a fun museum that is worth a visit. We enjoyed the ancient Greek statuary, the wooden carvings, and the unicorn tapestries of the 5 senses. Although not as extensive as other attractions like the Louvre, there are some unique aspects to it that make for an informative visit. Also, free with the museum pass.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

An interesting collection of Medieval art and sculpture, much of it religious. The highlight is the 15th century collection of 6 tapestries entitled the lady and the unicorn. They have been beautifully restored and hung. Other early tapestries are displayed and there's a fine collection of stained glass and church treasures in gold. The building itself is interesting, dating back... More

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Whistler, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

A comprehensive collection of art from the Middle Ages, with of course a French perspective. There is some fairly extensive statuary and relocated architectural elements, but the highlight of the collection is their Lady and the Unicorn works. This is a series of six large-format tapestries, in very good condition, that are said to illustrate the five senses plus a... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a must see museum for those interested on arts and also for those who are getting in touch with history of painting for the first time. There you will see pictures without perspective. Doing so you will understand the art progress through ages and ages.Beautiful.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If one is interested in art from the Middles Ages, this can make an interesting visit, there are alter pieces- beautiful ones carved in wood or ivory. The most beautiful and famous pieces must be the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. There are six of them representing the 5 senses and one for "mon seul desire". They were commisisioned for... More

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HUFFMAN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a wonderful example archaeology and the layer upon layer of civilization. First you tour the roman baths, at the lowest level, which has a wonderful explanation of the bathing ritual. Then, as you ascend, you see the abbey which was built upon the roman ruins, and see the beautiful and interesting art and artifacts. Finally, you arrive at... More

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