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Address: 10-12 rue d'Ivry | 10-12 Rue d'Ivry, Lyon, France
Phone Number: +33 4 78 28 62 04
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Description: During the guided tour, you'll find out about the invention of Jacquard...
During the guided tour, you'll find out about the invention of Jacquard with a weaving demonstration on hand loom, the history of silk and the life of weavers. Guided tours are in French but we supply English information to follow the tour.2 guided tours a day at 11a.m and 3.30p.mOpen every day from 10a.m to 6p.m except on sunday and bank holidays
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A fascinating two hour visit

One of our goals on our recent recent trip was to stop at the Silk Museum in Lyon, La mason des Canuts. It is located about 20 minutes of mostly uphill walking from the center of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2014
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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

this was a tour we took as part of our Avalon cruise through France. The demonstration using a weaving loom to show how silk tapestry is made as well as velvet really put a different light on viewing the large tapestries and cloth wall coverings you see in Cathedrals, basilicas, Versailles and le Louvre . Whilst these cloths are amazing... More 

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Foster, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The guided tour is fantastic with the story of silk weaving and the demonstration of the embroidery loom and the the story of the silk worm. First part is in both french and English - the second part is in French only but you can understand from the slide show. Beautiful silk scarves, ties etc for sale and also some... More 

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Paris, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

except demonstration of 1rst part nothing to see . very Expansive - no mention of Mister jacquard no information on life of Canuts ... I's only to explain they work for restauration ... If you want to learn about Canuts soie and history of industrilalization go to the free museum of Bourgoin Jallieu ( only half an hour from lyon... More 

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Temecula, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Lyon was and still is a silk manufacturer of high quality and the history you see in the museum with its elegant displays of silk fabrics is well worth the time. You see silk that was on the walls of palaces, historic places, worn by the nobility of Europe. The building and interior itself is beautiful. They have a nice... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Our guide Caroline walked us through the Traboules of the Croix Rousse, home to the silk weaving industry in Lyon, France, beginning in the 15th C., developed a silk industry that eventually became one of the best in the world. Our tour began with the Traboules where our guide explained the history of the area, how the wealthy owners built... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

There are tours in English. However only the first half of the "tour" is in English. But that is more than enough. They will take you across the street to where there is a working antique jacquard loom. The "guide" will actually use the loom allowing one to understand how it works. Given the importance of the jacquard loom to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Very small museum that looks a little tired. Subject matter is interesting but more thought needed to make is accessible to non French speakers

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

One of our goals on our recent recent trip was to stop at the Silk Museum in Lyon, La mason des Canuts. It is located about 20 minutes of mostly uphill walking from the center of Lyon. There is also a readily available and inexpensive public bus that will get you to the museum. From the outside, there is not... More 

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Tarporley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Be sure to get to this Museum when the guided tours take place. Then you get to see the working pre Jaquard and the Jaquard looms, and see some weaving in action. The guide was very good, providing details of the whole history of the Lyon Weavers. Well worth a visit.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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