Super close to our hotels, the Cluny Museum has a new exhibition on called Regards sur la vie quotidienne (A Window Onto Everyday Life), with everyday objects showing how our daily needs haven’t changed so much over the centuries…
We all need a roof over our heads, food, somewhere to wash… but we also have a need to learn, measure distances, time or quantities. This has been true since the Middle Ages and before.
The new exhibition at the Cluny Museum shows that our everyday objects don’t simply serve the most basic needs of survival, but also the needs of the mind. Far from being an era of the ignorant unwashed, people of the Middle Ages took as much care with their hygiene as they did their jewellery.
These objects also show that medieval society was in movement, with mobile chests rather than fixed wardrobes, a society of trade where weight and distance had to be measured, although these measures were often variable from town to town.
You’ll also be able to see objects related to religion, showing a new sensibility that hints at the Renaissance to come.
In all, nearly 200 objects are on show in the exhibition, some specially taken from the museum’s reserves.
Don’t forget that the museum will be completely closing at the end of June for almost a year of work. This is your last chance to see the place before its transformation!