Musée National du Moyen Âge

Museum in Latin Quarter

Undergoing renovation until late 2020, the National Museum of the Middle Ages is considered one of Paris' top small museums. It showcases a series of sublime treasures, from medieval statuary, stained glass and objets d'art to its celebrated series of tapestries, The Lady with the Unicorn (1500). Other highlights include ornate 15th-century mansion Hôtel de Cluny and the frigidarium (cold room) of an enormous Roman-era bathhouse.

On Hôtel de Cluny's 1st floor is the late-Gothic chapel, La Chapelle de l'Hôtel de Cluny, with rich carvings of Christ on the cross, 13 angels, and floral and foliage ornaments. Outside, the museum's beautiful medieval gardens – today in a dangerous state of disrepair – are closed to the public.

When the museum partially reopens in July 2018, a new contemporary building, designed by architect Bernard Desmoulin, will house the ticket office, bookshop, souvenir boutique and visitors' cloakroom. By 2020, when renovation works are complete, the museum will boast a state-of-the-art layout with enhanced explanatory panels and interactive displays.