Musée National du Moyen Âge
Any museum that houses the Middle-Age masterpiece, The Lady and the Unicorn, is sure to become an important destination, and the Musée National du Moyen Âge (previously Musée de Cluny) has done just that. In one of the few beautiful remaining buildings of Medieval Paris, this town house that belonged to the Abbots of Cluny in the 1330s, making it the most fitting home to wonderful relics of France’s past.
As an attraction in itself, this site presents some incredible original and restored architecture, so be sure to explore the gardens and grounds before you become enchanted by the interiors.
Aside from that unparalleled centrepiece, this museum’s collection includes tapestries, illuminated manuscripts, and jewelled artefacts that offer a delightful insight to European history. Enveloping you in rich reds and royal blues, and distracting you with the most shocking jewels, this collection makes for a wonderfully absorbing destination that will leave you musing over the luxuries of the past, and mystified by the advances of such a lost era.
With special dedication to the Middle Ages, this shop has a great selection of books, and medieval music CDs and DVDs, plus lots of items to get children interested in this history. Perhaps most charming though, are the artistic reproductions and dedications in the jewelry selection, alongside the fashion accessories and art objects that allow you to take home some of that historical sparkle.
Musée national du Moyen Âge (Formerly Musee de Cluny)
6 Place Paul Painlevé,
+33 1 53 73 78 16
Monday 09.15 – 17.45
Wednesday – Sunday 09.15 – 17.45
Métro: Cluny-La Sorbonne, Saint-Michel, Odéon.