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What's new in the Middle Ages?

There is not one but several Middle Ages. Lasting more than a thousand years
from the 5th to the 16th century, this period is very evocative: castles, cathedrals, plagues,famines and so on. But what was it really like? This exhibition reveals a new side to this period.

The Middle Ages: besieged castles, knights rescuing princesses in distress, outbreaks of plague… We have many preconceptions about the Middle Ages and those conventional impressions are tenacious indeed. Yet many discoveries made by archaeologists over the last few years show that this period of history is far more complex and fascinating than we thought.

Produced together with the Inrap (French National Institute for Rescue Archaeology Research), the What’s New in the Middle Ages? exhibition paints an innovative picture of the medieval era, which lasted more than 1,000 years.

Visitors will discover that eyeglasses and compasses were invented in the Middle Ages and that it was at this time that industry, suburbs and regional development first appeared. The exhibition paints a fresh picture of the mediaeval era, which still has so many wonderful secret treasures to reveal.

GALLERY OF THE MIDDLE AGES

The exhibition begins in a vast chronological gallery that presents 1,000 years of history. Large images are shown to counterpoint the frieze that explains key medieval periods. A sarcophagus and a few other significant items –including armour – are also displayed, giving an initial taste of the period.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE MIDDLE AGES?

Welcome to the heart of the exhibition. Reconstitutions of iconic archaeological digs and recent historical research throw new light on the Middle Ages.

An exhibition to discover at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie until August 6th, 2017.

Floor area

350-400m²
Language(s)
French
English
Italian
For rent

Setup time

8.0days

Dismantling time

5.0days
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universcience

The city of Paris boasts two prestigious centres promoting science and technology, the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and the Palais de la Découverte. From January 1st, 2010, they have joined forces to create a new institution: Universcience. With almost 3.5 million visitors each year (3 million at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and 550 000 at the Palais de la découverte), Universcience is the fourth most popular cultural establishment in Paris after the Louvre, Versailles and the Georges-Pompidou Centre.

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