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Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif

34 rue de la Charite, 69002 Lyon, France (Carnot - Gailleton)
33 04 78 38 42 00
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Ranked #27 of 87 Attractions in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Art Museums
Description: A historic collection of textiles and decorative arts.
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Los Angeles
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Housed in a Hotel Particulier, this small jewel of a museum is a glance into the long-ago world of fabric and clothing of the highest-born. From brocades, velvet waistcoats, and gowns, to the collections of furniture and porcelains from the 16th-18th century, you will salivate at the beauty of the fashion and lifestyles of the time. Worth a visit!

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Landstuhl, Germany
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68 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We really enjoyed the costumes from the Opera. It was great to see the different costumes that the great opera characters have worn in the Lyon opera house. The tapestries are also very beautiful it would've been helpful to have the English translation but I forgot to pick it up. Museum of decorations was not our cup of tea. It... More

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Houston, Texas
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160 reviews 160 reviews
50 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Used our Lyon City Card to gain entrance here. The opera costume exhibit was ending but the space it took up was huge, so we saw little of the permanent collection of textiles. Some of the Lyon silk examples were stunning, with complex colors, shadings and patterns. Enjoyed the textiles from around the world. The decorative arts furniture exhibit is... More

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Bangkok
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102 reviews 102 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As a textile specialist, I try to visit anything related to textiles while traveling. The musee des tissus is always mentioned when France is mentioned. The majority of the exhibits focuses on religious textiles. and the embroidery and gold thread couching are magnificent. There is one room dedicated to Asian textiles, and my favourite from the collection that was on... More

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London
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387 reviews 387 reviews
134 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a game of two halves: there are two separate museums in this complex and one is much better than the other. The "tissus" part is magnificent and must be one of the best museums of its kind in the world. The "arts decoratifs" side was a bit drab and dull by comparison. As others have said, there is... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is sort of two museums, related in the sense of costumes and dress and fabric weaving, connected and with one entrance fee. A real "sleeper" of a tourist site, but a must if you are an opera fan because there is an entire section of actual opera costumes used by the Lyon Grand Opera within the last 25 years... More

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Reykjavik
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I enjoyed spending most of a rainy day studying the wonderful silks of Lyon, the history of the industry there and the theatrical costumes display. Then, as a bonus I met a very knowledgeable member of staff in the Arts Decorative building and went away all the wiser. Thanks!

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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184 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The museum has two collections as the name suggests -- textiles and decorative arts -- which complement each other with East and West as their two benchmarks. And what a collection -- enough to inspire even the least creative amongst us, such as myself! The textiles include Coptic tapestries and vestments, Persian textiles, Byzantine and Islamic fabrics, Oriental carpets, etc... More

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Houston, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Must see museums for anyone with an interest in history and beautiful antiques. The gift shop had way too many gorgeous cards and postcards, and I had to have them all.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you are looking for a museum that is a bit different but very interesting then this is a place you should consider. Located in a lovely old building, the history and textiles are quite unexpected. Lovely gift shop, a good way to spend an hour or so.

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