Cluny Museum Walking Tour, Episode 8

Entrance of the Cluny Museum in Paris
Entrance of the Cluny Museum in Paris



The Cluny Museum

This week Elyse takes us to the Cluny Museum, also called the Musée National du Moyen Age. This museum is a lesser known jewel, and well-worth a visit. There you will see The  Lady and the Unicorn, the Roman Baths, the stained glass up-close and the statue heads from Notre Dame that angry revolutionaries had thrown in the Seine river.


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The Cluny Museum

Inside the Cluny Museum photo Anna Carol
Inside the Cluny Museum photo Anna Carol

1:30′ The Cluny Museum is a jewel, yet it’s not a place where most people go on their first visit to Paris.

3:00′ The park near the Cluny Museum, the Medieval Garden. How to enter the museum.

6:30′ Courtyard and the Renaissance building that is the home of this museum.

9:30′ The Cluny well, a rare Renaissance well.

10:40′ Built upon a Roman wall.

11:00′ What makes this museum so special is that it’s the only one that shows what life was like in the Middle Ages.

12:00′ Collection of tapestries.
Tapestries were used to cover the walls to help warm up the rooms. Made of all natural dyes with an amazing technique that allowed them to make amazing scenes. http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/ang/pages/page_id18368_u1l2.htm

14:20′
The six Unicorn tapestry commissioned by a family from Lyon, France. They represent the senses. They are now back from Japan.

16:15′ Objects that were used by rich people in the Middle Ages.

17:20′ Liturgical objects, sculptures and gorgeous stained glass from the 1200s.

20:00′ Go down the steps and go right. Here are the Roman Baths. The museum was renovated in the 1990s and they’ve now opened the Baths. Description of the baths and what they were for culturally.

21:30′ The different stages of bathing. Lots of scrubbing, luke-warm to very hot to very cold with oils being applied, it was a regular Spa!

23:00′ These Roman Baths are a gem because they are really well preserved, with the mast of wood being Roman also.

24:40′ Massive heads that line the room are the originals that were on Notre Dame Cathedral that were cut off during the French Revolution and thrown into the Seine river.

27:00′ You’ll need to decide if you want to see everything because there is so much to see. Last room has armor.

27:30′ Book store and why it’s a really good one.

28:20′ You can do this visit in one hour if you really, two to three hours is adequate. Do not miss the tapestries, the Roman Baths, and the stained glass rooms. The rest of it is nice, you can glance through if you have the time, but you can also skip it.

30:10′ Opening Hours, entrance fee, being in the Latin Quarter you are surrounded by great public transportation (description of metro lines and buses). Easy to get to.

Thank you listeners and thank you Rémi for the accordion recording!

4 thoughts on “Cluny Museum Walking Tour, Episode 8”

  1. Speaking of entrance fees. If you are a citizen of the EU or have a visa and are under 26 you can get in for free to all national museums that includes the Louvre and monuments like the Arc de Triomphe etc. I had a French one year long term visitors visa and was able to get in for free. You also get half price RER tickets on the weekends and many other discounts movies etc!

    1. Hello David and welcome to Join Us in France! That’s a very good point, there are lots of discounts for young people in France so long as you have ID.

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