National Museum of the Middle Ages

National Museum of the Middle Ages

This excellent museum of medieval art is housed in a 15th-century abbot's mansion and includes ruins of ancient Roman baths.

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Cluny Museum
Musée National du Moyen Âge
Musée de Cluny
National Museum of the Middle Ages


  1. Official Website of the National Museum of the Middle Ages. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <>

Comments (2)

Lillian Irene Taylor commented on May 16, 2014:

“Chapel of the Hotel de Cluny: an intriguing historical incident.
After the death of Louis X11,his widow, Mary Tudor (the sister of King Henry V111), entered into a secret marriage with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. The ceremony took place sometime in February 1515. It is likely that Anne and Mary Boleyn were among the witnesses. Charles Brandon had committed a capital crime by marrying a princess of royal blood without royal permission and Henry V111 was also outraged by his sister's impetuous marriage. The marriage, coming so soon after the late king's death, also created a scandal in the French court so much so that Henry was obliged to agree to a second public ceremony
(Reference: "Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings" by Alison Weir p69)
I first heard about the 'secret marriage' in the 1980s, on an overseas visit to France from Australia. My recollection is confirmed in Alison Weir's history - cited above.”

ken price commented on May 22, 2014:

“I visited the museum July of 2004 and it was quite a shock to see so much great art, and the building was being renovated at the time, so better now I am sure.”