Musée National du Moyen Age - Thermes de Cluny

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Musée National du Moyen Age - Thermes de Cluny
Latin Quarter and south Paris Free

The national museum of medieval art is best known for the beautiful, allegorical Lady and the Unicorn tapestry cycle, but it also has important collections of medieval sculpture and enamels. There is also a worthy programme of medieval concerts in which troubadours reflect the museum's collection and occasional 45- minute heures musicales in a similar style.

The building itself, commonly known as Cluny, is also a rare example of 15th-century secular Gothic architecture, with its foliate Gothic doorways, hexagonal staircase jutting out of the façade and vaulted chapel. It was built from 1485 to 1498 - on top of a Gallo-Roman baths complex. The baths, built in characteristic Roman bands of stone and brick masonry, are the finest Roman remains in Paris. The vaulted frigidarium (cold bath), tepidarium (warm bath), caldarium (hot bath) and part of the hypocaust heating system are all still visible. A themed garden fronts the whole complex. Recent acquisitions include the illuminated manuscript L'Ascension du Christ from the Abbey of Cluny, dating back to the 12th century, and the 16th-century triptych Assomption de la Vierge by Adrien Isenbrant of Bruges.

Venue name: Musée National du Moyen Age - Thermes de Cluny
Address: 6 place Paul Painlevé

Opening hours: 9.15am-5.45pm Mon, Wed-Sun
Price: €8; €6 reductions; free under-18, all 1st Sun of mth. PMP
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Hi there, I think you've made a mistake, it's certainly not free. I was there today and paid €9 to get in. Please correct this as some people may go there and expect a free visit then get surprised when asked to pay to get in. Thanks!