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Museum of Costume and Lace

Rue de la Violette 6, Brussels, Belgium
02/512-77-09
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Ranked #115 of 217 Attractions in Brussels
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
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English first
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31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

On the day of my visit it was raining. I mention this because there is a) no cloakroom, and b) snooty staff who were highly dismissive of my bedraggled state. (I left my coat and hat in the umbrella rack). I paid my fee and was given a guide in English, which had to be returned at the end of... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a very specialised museum which you can tell from the name. It isn't really my thing but my travelling companion wanted to go so I agreed. The clothing collection was actually quite interesting with a selection of dresses from different decades since the 1900's I think. These were sectioned into types of dresses from party wear to mourning... More

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Ogden, UT
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I had admission included in my Brussels card and was walking right by anyway. I am not really into this sort of thing and thought that the collection was rather small. If you're into fashion and lace, I can see how this would appeal, but otherwise, not really my sort of thing.

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Perth, Australia
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36 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This was a real highlight for me, but my partner lasted about 20 minutes before going off to search for a beer. I could have drooled for hours, but if you're not into lace it won't be for you. There is an Art Deco fashion exhibition on at the moment and I thoroughly enjoyed that, too, but check in advance... More

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Israel
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66 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Besides the permanent Lace exhibition , which is fascinating I must say, there is a splendid temporary exhibition with a trubute to the 70's. Don't miss it, wheather you are a fashionista or born at that era. Notice that a ticket to his museum gives you a 1 euro discount when purchasing a ticket to the Musee de Ville at... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

The exhibition mainly concentrates on 70's style and includes different clothing such as wedding dresses, city style, work wordrobe, casul etc. It costs 4EUR (adult), 3EUR (student), and at the entrance they give you a booklet that describes every piece of clothing, they all are numbered as well so you can easily find it in a booklet. I was surprised... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

My wife is very interested in lace and enjoyed looking through the examples of lace contained in storage drawers. The collection is not terribly large but the examples are excellent. When we visited, There was an exhibit of 1970's clothing there during our visit and that was amusing to see. If you are interested in lace, this museum is worth... More

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Kent, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a super little museum, quite near the Grand Place, we saw the 1970's exhibition which looked like an excerpt from my wardrobe at the time...lovely memories even down to my smelly Afghan Coat and maxi dresses. The lace and fan exhibits are limited but lovely examples (but for Fans go to the Fan Museum in Greenwich, London). Do... More

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Surrey
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103 reviews 103 reviews
95 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

During my visit luckily they had a 70's exhibition taking most of the space as I am not really a great fan of lace. It was ok, but there are better museums on the subject. Then again, if you are in the Grand Place area and want to spend the day around there, this is one of the small museums... More

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Its a very small museum, went to see it since lace making is a traditional industry in Brussels. Can visit this place only if you have time to spare.

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