About the Museum


Interior View, Chapel of the Hôtel des Abbés de Cluny
Interior View, Chapel of the Hôtel des Abbés de Cluny
© RMN-Grand Palais / Thierry Ollivier

Interior View, Chapel of the Hôtel des Abbés de Cluny

Exterior View, Musée de Cluny
© Musée de Cluny / Agence Vu' / Pierre Olivier Deschamps, Paris, musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen Âge

Exterior View, Musée de Cluny

Interior View, Musée de Cluny
© MusŽe de Cluny, Michel Chassat

Interior View, Musée de Cluny

Visitors in the Musée de Cluny
Interior View, Gallery 22, The House, Musée de Cluny
© RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda

Interior View, Gallery 22, The House, Musée de Cluny

The Musée de Cluny, France's National Museum of the Middle Ages, is both a museum and archeological site located at the heart of Paris. It houses Gallo-Roman baths from the late 1st century as well as the town house of the abbots of Cluny dating from the 15th century. The museum is home to one of the best collections of medieval art in the world, and houses important pieces dating from antiquity to the Renaissance period. The collection has a rich selection of medieval sculpture, including works originally from Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Sainte-Chapelle. Among the museum’s most famous works are the six tapestries that comprise La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady with the Unicorn) dating from the 15th century.

(© Musée de Cluny / Agence Vu' / Pierre Olivier Deschamps)

Collection Highlights


Casket: the Assault on the Castle of Love
Samson and the Lion
A mon seul désir (The Lady and The Unicorn)

Minucchio da Siena

Gold Rose
Adam
Musée de Cluny: Collection Highlights
Casket: the Assault on the Castle of Love, 14th century
copper and ivory , 25.7 x 16.7 cm
Paris, musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen Âge, Inv. Cl. 23840. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Michel Urtado
Samson and the Lion, c.1250
stained glass , 50 x 64 cm
Paris, musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen Âge, Inv. Cl. 23723. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Franck Raux
A mon seul désir (The Lady and The Unicorn), 15th-16th century
tapestry, wool and silk , 377 x 473 cm
Paris, musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen Âge, Inv. Cl. 10831 to 10836. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Michel Urtado

Minucchio da Siena

Gold Rose, 1330
gold and glass, 60 cm
Paris, musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen Âge, Inv. Cl. 2351. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi
Adam, 13th century
stone , 200 x 73 x 41 cm
Paris, musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen Âge, Inv. Cl. 11657. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Hervé Lewandowski

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