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Cite internationale de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais

135 Quai du Commerce, Calais, France
+33 3 21 00 42 30
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Calais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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361 reviews 361 reviews
90 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Probably enjoyed this more as it wasn't too busy and we were able to sit and watch all films and videos in comfort. We even had the demonstration to ourselves. Exhibits beautifully laid out and the temporary exhibition was amazing. Be sure to use the restaurant as good food and very reasonable prices. We spent longer there than we thought... More

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Moscow, Russia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The expo describing the history of making laces is very interesting, and be sure you don't miss the demonstration of how the lace-making machine works! The commentaries to the expo is in French and English, but I am not sure the machine demonstration is possible to be held in English (I visited with a large group of French, and I... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Excellent museum giving a history of the development of lace from handmade to machine, and the role that Calais has played in that development. Don't miss the videos of workers from the Calais lace factories. The one of the card perforator for the leavers machines is brilliant.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

A very modern exhibition. The facts are conveyed through different media's such as holograms, signs and examples. Very interesting history and the best thing to do in Calais!

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