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.