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Calico Museum of Textiles

Address: Opp. Underbridge | Shahibag, Ahmedabad 80004, India
Phone Number: 91-79-2286 8172, 91-79-2286 5995
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Ranked #13 of 102 things to do in Ahmedabad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums

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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

You need to book a tour of this place before visiting. We had taken the afternoon tour. The morning tour shows textiles whereas the afternoon tour shows pichwais or religious paintings usually placed behind the idol at Nathdwara temple near Udaipur. The halls are not well illuminated and I wish the guide would be more friendly.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

housing a wonderfully displayed collection of textiles and a few Indian paintings. The tour leader and assistants project a very stern demeanor which can be off putting. In such a beautiful place they should learn to smile.

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Lewes, Delaware
3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is not a museum showcasing "textiles" - it is a collection of religious tapestries housed in a former mansion, kept in rooms that are not well lighted. Many of the tapestires (faded, dull) show the same religious themes. Completely underwhelmed.

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Paris, France
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Fabulous collection of textiles but the Museum needs a makeover and the explanations are inadequate, so read before you go!

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18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The Calico museum in the house of Sarabhais in Ahmedabad offers a conducted tour for a maximum of 20 tourists (on prior booking) in the morning and a religious tour for 16 in the afternoon. The officialese and timings are unchanged, but the quality of the tour has certainly deteriorated since the one we took in 2009. The audio-visual capsule... More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We had been told to visit this museum but they have a long waiting list. They only take ten tourists morning and afternoon. If you are visiting from abroad how is this reasonable what a shame.

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Gandhinagar, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Textile lovers can go textiles engg can have a brief look at different types of textiles made in gujarat no guide is available, so u can read about that before u cannot find any info there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This is one of those rare gems where the entire experience is perfect. from the limited number of people allowed access each day, to the conducted tour and the actual exhibits that showcases the best of Indian textiles and fabrics. This is very much a 'live' museum since the sarees, and other fabrics breathe here. The displays are nothing short... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Wonderful stuff on display but there were no explanations or labels and a lot was not able to be viewed. So appreciation of what we were looking at was pretty superficial. A missed opportunity.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

After reading so much good and mersmerising comments, i have decided to visit this museum, but was not aware of the prior appointment thing, hence have to come back all the way, as there were no space for new guest in today's tour and even of tomorrow.please take prior appointment with the manager of museum (phone number could be found... More 

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