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Cite internationale de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais

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Address: 135 Quai du Commerce, Calais, France
Phone Number: +33 3 21 00 42 30
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If you love lace - go learn everything about it

Looking forward to returning to see the next special exhibit. If you love lace and would like to know everything about it....run to this museum. Easy parking. Signage is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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New York City, New York
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364 reviews 364 reviews
73 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Looking forward to returning to see the next special exhibit. If you love lace and would like to know everything about it....run to this museum. Easy parking. Signage is great. You'll spend an hour or two learning and walking - lots of walking.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Some different shops and a real French feel. A nature shop is really worth a visit. Very clean and tidy and just a few minutes from the shuttle terminal.

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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My wife and I paid a visit to kill some time and to be honest I wasn't expecting much given my lack of interest in lace, however I was really impressed with the whole experience. Great customer service and displays. The demonstration of how the machines work was all in French but still interesting.

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UK
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I took my mother-in-law here whilst on a 'booze-cruise' and it was fascinating. Whilst I am not a fan of lace the museum was excellent and nobody could fail to be impressed by this excellent museum. In addition to an excellent display on the history of lace, the museum also covers the development of Calais as a town and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We happened upon this museum as we walking into Calais along the riverside. We didn't realise what it was at first but were fascinated by the exterior facade. Huge glass panels, studded with holes and with one panel convex and one concave. Quite unusual. There is a little miniature topiary garden at the front too which just adds to the... More 

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I love lace, so on a long weekend visit to Calais this was well worth a visit. As previously mentioned the lighting was dim, presumably to protect the lace. The machinery was interesting, but the demonstration was conducted in French and really hard to follow! I abandoned this and returned to the fashion exhibition which was wonderful but then I... More 

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Noordeloos, The Netherlands
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223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The museum's default exhibit is a very interesting, well balanced display of the main aspects of lace manufacturing, and it's historical development ever since the Middle Ages. My only critical comment is that the light in the exhibition rooms is fairly minimal, so that you loose time by peering after what has been written. In addition, the museum has special... More 

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girton
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The is easy access and parking is east,but I think it is there mainly for the English as you can see by the range of wines on offer.I think it is better to visit outside Boulogne where most of the customers are French

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A very well put together little museum of the history of lace making, its impact on the town, where is came from, how mechanisation affected the artisans, wonderful examples and costumes, and above all a brilliant demonstration with an old machine of how the Jacquard method works.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Most interesting and well laid out history and display of lace making with live demonstrations. Also combines history of clothing incorporating lace. Special fashion exhibition by a young Dutch designer" Iris Van Herpen" was totally outstanding, and has been extended to the 13th of April 2014 (closed Tuesdays) BE quick

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