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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 18 attractions in Calais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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English first
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
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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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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London
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3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Just visited this attraction in calais - the permanent collection shows different lace garments throughout modern history. Also, there were two temporary shows, both well curated and featuring good work. However, my tip for travellers is that you shouldn't leave this building without seeing the working lace jacquard looms located on the second floor. They are a bit hidden, so... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Lille, France
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Nice surprise finding this new lace museum in calais as we had a few hours to kill before the ferry. Well worth the visit!

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Wow I was impressed with this place, be re-visting in the summer with friends and family. Calais has some things to see i guess :-)

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Superb display, interesting explanations from the people operating the upstairs machines. Awful service from the staff at the entrance.

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