Musée de Cluny - Musée national du Moyen Age

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The new Musée de Cluny, an ambitious modernisation project in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Autumn 2015 - 2020.

Created in 1843 by the French state, the Musée de Cluny is formed of two prestigious buildings: the ancient thermal baths - a unique major monument from the Gallo-Roman times in Paris, the most important one preserved in France north of the Loire - and the Hôtel des abbés de Cluny, built from 1485 onwards as the Parisian residence for abbots from the powerful Bourguignon monastery, one of only two medieval residences to be preserved in the capital. The collections include a group of Parisian archaeological remains and an exceptional overview of artistic creation in the medieval era: sculptures, illustrations, stained glass windows, jewellery, furniture and tapestries. The most famous, legendary and enigmatic item of the museum, The Lady and the Unicorn, is unparalleled across the world and is one of the highlights of the visit. The contemporary garden, with medieval inspiration, adjoins the museum and offers visitors a unique stroll.

The renovations of the Musée de Cluny are in progress!

By 2020, it will feature a new tour route, which will be more accessible and better adapted to museum and preservation standards. This vast project, called "Cluny 4", began in Autumn 2015 with the restoration of the Hôtel de Cluny chapel and of the antique thermal bath remains. Following this, a new reception area hase been built, designed by architect Bernard Desmoulin, and opened in July 2018.

The redesign of the museum tour route and rework of the medieval garden (closed for the time being) will complete the project. For the entire duration of the works, the museum will remain open to the public and the main collection will be on show. However, the rooms will each have to be closed in turn.

Calendar Cluny 4 :

  • Autumn 2015: beginning of restoration work (chapel, Boeswillwald building, ancient remains).

  • June 2016: end of restoration work on the Boeswillwald building roof.

  • August 2016: selection of an architect to redesign the museum tour route.

  • Summer 2016: beginning of construction works on new museum entrance.

  • September 2016: end of restoration work on the chapel and its reintegration into the museum tour.

  • December 2017: end of restoration work on the antique remains.

  • 14 July 2018: opening of new reception and first section of tour route museum.

  • 2020: opening of new museum tour route.

Offers and services:

  • Ticket batches (Musée & Compagnie)

  • Audio-guides for adults, children and the hearing impaired

  • Tactile reading stands and models

  • Provision of premises

  • Bookshop - boutique

Events and entertainment:

  • Workshops for school pupils

  • Family activities: discovery tours, workshops...

  • Activities for psychological or mental disabilities

  • Middle age events: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Encounter concerts: 45 minutes

  • Medieval literature: 1 hour

  • Evening concerts at 19:00: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • About the collection: 1 hour

  • Conference visits: 1 hour or 1 hour 30 minutes

Opening and closing times

Closed temporarily.

Rates

2 options for buying ticket batches: France Billet, company of FNAC group, multi-channel supplier:
Batches of 20 to 100 tickets are available online (Fnac, Carrefour, France billet…), in shops and by telephone: +33 (0) 892 684 694 (€0,34 /min)
Batches of over 100 tickets are available by telephone only: +33 (0) 892 684 694 (€0,34 /min)

For all additional information, please contact Customer Services: +33 (0) 1 41 57 32 19

Ticketnet, recently changed to Ticketmaster, multi-channel supplier:

Contact: collectivites@ticketnet.fr – +33 (0) 825 840 701 (€0.15/min)

Adult: 5 € (9€ during temporary exhibition period
Reduced ans full price
Reduced price: -25 years old non European Union citizens.).

Free entry for children < 18 years, Job-seeker, disabled people and accompanying persons.

Free for all the first subday of the month
Included in the Paris Museum Pass

**Until the end of 2020, the medieval hotel and the courtyard are closed for renovation. From the new reception, you have access to a restricted tour including: the frigidarium (free visit); the restored Gallo-Roman thermal baths (guided tour); the Lady with Unicorn; a selection of 70 treasures from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.**.

Reception

Types of customers

  • Children

Visits

Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently

Services and facilities

Services

  • Ticketing in number

Languages

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Documentation languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Visit languages

  • English
  • French

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Additional information

Child audioguide language only in French

Access

Metro Cluny-La Sorbonne, line 10 / Saint-Michel, line 4 / Odéon, lines 4 et 10
RER B Cluny-La Sorbonne • RER C Saint-Michel • Bus 21, 27, 38, 63, 85, 86, 87

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