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Cluny, Musée d'art et d'archéologie, Palais Jean de Bourbon
An independent residential building, the palace built by the Abbot Jean de Bourbon in the second half of the 15th century, close to the main entrance, occupies a special position above the site of the abbey of Cluny.
It was spared the vandalism of the Revolution and was then purchased by a resident of Cluny, Jean-Baptiste Ochier. It assumed its present role as museum following a gift by the widow of a Cluny doctor in 1864. Two years later the new museum opened its doors.

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  Archeology Fine arts History
The original creation of the collections was intimately connected with the events of the French Revolution and the decree of 13 February 1790, doing away with the religious communities. The sale by the government in 1798 of the abbey buildings involved the destruction of most of the ecclesiastical furniture and fittings, the tombs and finally the church itself, virtually wiped out in 1825. Private initiatives, supported by the goodwill of the municipality, helped collect up what was left of the monument, firstly as a stonework collection, around the eight large capitals of the choir.

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To discover the national collections, you can access the databases of the Ministry of Culture :

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Musée d'art et d'archéologie

Palais Jean de Bourbon

71250 Cluny

tel. : 03 85 59 12 79
fax : 03 85 59 07 30

..from 1st September to 30 April, from 9.30am to 12 noon and from 1.30pm to 5pm.
(excluding 1st January, 1st May, 1st and 11 November and 25 December)
from 2 May to 31 August from 9.30am to 6.30pm.

Entrance fees
Full price 6,10 €

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