Musée de Cluny - Musée national du Moyen Age

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The Musée de Cluny, one of the oldest Parisian museums in the heart of the Latin Quarter, reopened its doors on 12 May 2022 after an ambitious modernisation project.

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 museum has reopened its doors after a major modernisation project launched by the Ministry of Culture and implemented by Oppic (the Heritage and Cultural Property Projects Operator)

The reopening of one of the oldest museums in Paris comes after the final phase of an ambitious modernisation project, which was planned in 2011 and started in 2015. Major works, amounting to 13 million euros, were necessary to complete this last phase, according to a timetable disrupted by the health context. The worksite was the biggest transformation of the museum since its creation in 1843:

ō Partial restoration of the buildings, notably the Roman baths and the Gothic chapel.

ō Construction of a new reception area to give the museum a higher profile.

ō Creation of new public areas: a larger ticket office, a reorganised bookshop/store, cloakrooms, areas for educational activities and for welcoming groups, and a Friends' Café.

ō Accessibility of all areas for people with reduced mobility.

ō Total overhaul of the visitor's route: a new museography, spread over 21 rooms, serves as a showcase for a renewed selection of 1600 works, among the major pieces of a collection representing the richness and diversity of the Middle Ages.

ō A new cultural offer with sensitive mediation and a programme giving pride of place to contemporary artistic expression

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

From 12/05 to 31/12 between 9.30 am and 6.15 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Cash register closing time : 17:30

Late opening hours on the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 6:15 pm to 9 pm (the cash desk closes at 8:30 pm).

Special closure at 16:00 on the 24th and 31th of December.

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)

Full price: 12 €
Reduced price: 10 €.

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

Free for all the first subday of the month
Paris Museum Pass accepted: free access.

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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