Merovingian Times exhibition
at the Cluny Museum
26th October 2016 – 13th February 2017

The new exhibition at the Cluny Museum, Merovingian Times is just a few minutes’ walk from our hotels and showcases the artistic and intellectual activity of a period that lasted three centuries, from 451 to 751, using manuscripts from the French National Library, loans from the British Museum and other rare pieces.

Here’s all the info.

Exposition Les Temps mérovingiens au Musée de Cluny du 26 octobre 2016 au 13 février 2017
© Rmn-Grand Palais (musée d’Archéologie nationale) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

The Merovingian dynasty marked the beginning of the Middle Ages. The end of the reign of the rois fainéants in 751 ushered in a period that was to last for nearly 1,000 years. Back then there was no such thing as ‘France’ – it was still called the ‘Frankish Kingdom’.

The exhibition will allow you to familiarise yourself with the changes happening in the country, and learn more about the main figures of the time – Childeric, Dagobert, Clovis and others – see their treasures, learn about the (increasing) influence of the church and get to know a saint who has a special place in our hearts – Saint Germain!

Exposition Les Temps mérovingiens au Musée de Cluny du 26 octobre 2016 au 13 février 2017
This was also a time of great fine metalwork – the exhibition inclues Aregund’s ring, Guarrazar’s treasure, precious religious relics…

Kids with knowledge of French can download a super PDF to accompany their visit (here) and there’s a special edition of Dossiers Archéologie for adult French-speakers that will fill you in on anything you might have missed!

The exhibition Les Temps mérovingiens (Merovingian Times) is at the Cluny Museum (ici) from 26th October 2016 – 13th February 2017

Open every day except Tuesdays from 9.15am – 5.45pm

Admission: 9€ / 7€ (includes the permanent collection)