Musée National du Moyen-Age - Thermes de Cluny

Address: 6 place Paul-Painlevé, Paris, 75005, France
Telephone: 01 53 73 78 00

- Mid-range


Lions, Romans and unicorns in a medieval mansion.

The medieval museum – generally known to Parisians as Cluny – was one of the first places I ever visited in Paris and it is still a favourite. Its intimate scale and Gothic setting in the medieval townhouse of the abbots of Cluny are just right for the collections of medieval sculptures (including the heads of the kings from Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris), stained glass, tapestries and everyday objects, added to which you have the remains of a Roman baths complex – bits of hot and cold rooms, pipes and heating systems – on one side. The best-known treasure is the endearing 'Lady & the Unicorn' tapestries in a special circular room upstairs (read the explanatory boards to decypher the complicated allegory) but I also love the alabasters and lovely 'Limoges' enamels.


Value for money

Price advice

8 euros (8.50 euros during exhibitions); free for under 18s and EU nationals under 26.

Expert tips

If you're here with small children check out the medieval themed playground at the rear on boulevard St-Germain, and even without them check out the recreated medieval garden.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Education