This museum is housed in the magnificent manor that once belonged to the abbots of Cluny. Its 27 halls feature Gallo-Roman and Medieval works of art such as the statues of the apostles from Sainte-Chapelle, and master tapestries like the Dame à la Licorne and La Vie Seigneuriale. If you visit the museum’s flamboyant Gothic chapel, you’ll see the early thirteenth-century, double-faced Limousin cross acquired in 1978.The Musée de Cluny has amassed 20 000 works of art over the last 30 years and keeps them in its vaults.Fortunately, some of them are gradually being unearthed for display. The museum’s Renaissance collections, which were put into safekeeping after World War II, will soon be displayed at the Château d’Ecouen’s Renaissance Museum in the Val d’Oise.





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The museum is a centre for maritime culture. Its collections embrace every aspect of maritime history, from eighteenth-century models to heroic expeditions and the golden age of the ocean liner, ending with the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, and the acquisition and restoration of Eric Tabarly‘s Pen Duick V, which still sails today.
The Musée National de la Marine is anchored in Paris and in four ports, the historic sites of naval arsenals:
– Brest, inside the castle,
– Port-Louis, inside the citadel
– Rochefort, in Hôtel de Cheusses and the School of Naval Medicine
– Toulon, in the arsenal
Together, its six sites welcome more than 450,000 visitors in 2008.





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Even if you are not invited to the Elysée Palace or the Hôtel Matignon, you can at least experience the pleasures of Paris‘s third-largest private garden, which surrounds the Hôtel Biron. Originally built for a prosperous wig maker in 1730, the harmonious mansin of columns and pediments was bought in 1753 by a dedicated horticulturalist, the Maréchal de Biron, who proceeded to indulge his gardening passion until he was dragged off to the guillotine.





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