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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
42 helpful votes 42 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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102 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 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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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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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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