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Maison des Canuts

10-12 rue d'Ivry, Lyon, France
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Ranked #31 of 80 attractions in Lyon
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: A museum of all things silk, from displays of fine silk garments to an exhibit on the process of production by the silk-worm.
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was a very informative experience! We showed up thinking it would be more of a self guided museum but were pleasantly surprised to have an English tour starting within 10 minutes. The tour takes you over to the working looms and shows the painstaking process of creating jacquard fabric. After that we were shown a video about the silkworm... More

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Sebourg, Nord
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

La Maison des Canuts - the name given to the silk weavers that made Lyon famous for its exquisite silk garment during the reign of French king Francois 1er - is a very small, but worthwhile museum to visit in la Croix Rousse district. The guided tour is free with the Lyon citycard and recommended. It provides a skillful demonstration... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We used the Lyon City Card and got free entry to Maison des Canuts. It was explained that the tour and demonstration was in French with some translation, but that the talk at the end was all in Fench. There is a display/interpretive centre which is well set up with information on the history of silk and the industry in... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The silk shop offered two tours. We paid 3.5 euros for the first tour, which took everyone to a separate room where there was a silk weaving machine. We stayed in that room for the entire "tour" (about 20 minutes) listening to the guide. The information was supposed to be in French and English. However, the guide would say something... More

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Brussels, Region De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The Maison des Canuts is a perfect place to have a quick insight in the silk weaving industry that played a key role in the history of this beautiful French city around 1800s. Even though the exhibition area is small the way in which the information is given and the fashion in which the different tools and artifacts are displayed... More

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rhode island
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Very interesting to see the old looms and the time it took to produce those fabrics.The initial presentation was in French and English and easy to follow.We are from RI which is full of old textile mills but to see these huge machines run by one person was impressive.They it took weeks to set them up and I can see... More

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London, United Kingdom
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195 reviews 195 reviews
91 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Museum is tucked away in a side street but is worth popping into if you are in the area. It gives a brief history of the silk making tradition

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The very inexpensive tour is not to be missed, and includes a demonstration of actual weaving on a Jacquard loom (even if you only do the first part of the tour, which is given in both French and English; the rest of the tour is only in French so didn't take it and don't know what it showed). Wikipedia is... More

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Campinas, SP
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This museum is not very known, and was recommended to us by a friend that lives in Lyon. It was an unique experience: the tell the history of silk, clothes fabrication, design of old pieces of decoration in tissue. A unique one! The only drawback is that most of the explanations are given in french. Could not understand most of... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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200 reviews 200 reviews
39 attraction reviews
543 helpful votes 543 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We thought that this silk weaving museum would be interesting -- but it wasn't really. They could have done so much more.

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