"A Mon Seul Désir" Lady and the Unicorn tapestry from 1410.
A Mon Seul Désir (detail), one of the "Lady and the Unicorn "tapestries from c. 1490.

Paris's Museum of the Middle Ages is located in some ancient Roman ruins

The Musée du Moyen Age is gorgeously installed in the Hôtel de Cluny (built in TK and looking like nothing so much as a medieval castle squeezed into a Paris neighborhood). The complex also incorporate the evocative remains of a bathhouse built almost 2,000 years ago during the city’s Roman era.

The museum's collections are fairly modest in size, but quite exquisite, esepcially the series of lovely Romanesque and Gothic sculptures, several well-preserved stained-glass windows, and the six famous La Dame à la Licorne, or the "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries from the 15th century (probably Flemish).

Musée de Cluny tips

Planning your time

Give this museum at least 60–90 minutes of your time.

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Free admission with a sightseeing card

Get into the Musée du Moyen Age for free (and skip the line at the ticket booth) with either the Paris Museum Pass (sights) or the Paris PassParis Pass (sights + transport + attractions).

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Hôtel de Cluny, Paris
The entrance to the Musée de Cluny in Paris. (Photo by NonOmnisMoriar)

 

 

Sculptures in the Musée de Moyen Age - Thermes de Cluny, Paris
Some fragments of Romanesque heads in the Musée de Cluny. (Photo by Steve Fernie)