Museo Del Tessuto

Museo Del Tessuto, Prato: Hours, Address, Museo Del Tessuto Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo Del Tessuto
4.5
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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CateP322
West Boylston, MA70 contributions
I collect and work in textile art. My husband loves history. Together, we enjoyed this little museum very much. Very accessible and educational--and the exhibits are a feast for the eyes. The gift shop and cafe are also very lovely, especially when it is warm enough to sit outside in the courtyard.
Written March 6, 2020
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Sydney18Perth
Perth28 contributions
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This is within walking distance in Prato city. It is best that you look up the website for the opening times. It now opens from 10am to 3pm on weekdays (except Monday) and 10am to 7pm on weekends. Entrance fee is 8 euro for adults and 5 euro for children.
Due to its educational value, you may see groups of students visiting the museum with their teachers.
The exhibits span 2 floors with a special section on the first floor with the rest on different costumes worn over the centuries. There are textile machines and equipment of long ago on display, facts on the history of textile in Prato and excellent explanation how different types of fabric were derived. Visitors have the opportunity to feel the different fabrics - fantastic learning! In addition to this, there was information on how colour dyes can be made from plants, seashells and even parasites. I was shocked to find out that silk was made by putting the cocoon into the hot water before the larva mature – which I felt was a terrible thing to do.
It is best to allocate 1.5 hours for this visit if you wish to look at and read the details of all the exhibits in this museum. Otherwise 45 minutes will do.
I had expected to see lots of textile shops in Prato and was disappointed that this was not the case. I was informed by one of the locals that many factories have closed down due to outsourcing of the business to China, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc.
Written June 2, 2013
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Lyn&MarkfromOz
Melbourne, Australia1,015 contributions
Couples
Smallish but very good museum dedicated mainly to the history of the textile industry of Prato but also includes a good section on the different materials used in fabrics and methods.

But the piece-de-resistance is the "museum" of old fabrics and costumes. Stunning collection.
Written May 21, 2017
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Jeff R
28 contributions
Solo
Since some of my ancestors were "framework knitters" in Leicestershire (these were the poorest of the weavers in 19th-c. England), I have always had a personal interest in the history of textiles. Prato was as is the great center of silk-weaving in Italy, and this museum presents in an extremely lucid way the history of textiles, with of course a certain focus on Prato. I found the exhibitions extremely balanced, illustrating both technological progress over the centuries and the social history of weaving.
Written November 1, 2016
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wonderingjerome
11 contributions
Couples
Housed in an old wool mill, this museum is well curated and beautifully designed. Excellent historic collection, and cool gift shop!
Written July 21, 2016
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Vittoria C
Prato, Italy6 contributions
Friends
I have visited the Museo del Tessuto with my friends and we really enjoyed our time there. We learned many things about the textile in the past and in how many way you can treat it and transform it for multiple purposes. My favorite part is where you can actually touch the different kind of fabric. From Florence there is a direct and quick train which is arriving in the city centre, few minutes walk distance.
Written April 28, 2016
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Elena L
Greater London, UK5 contributions
Solo
Great collection of lace and fabric making machines. Photo with no flash allowed. Lockers downstairs to leave belongings. Coffee shop downstairs if you like to have something.
Was not crowded at time of visit.
Written July 8, 2015
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mtwsew
Long Island, NY38 contributions
Couples
We visited on a national holiday and there were only 3 others in the museum.

The lace exhibit was well laid out and easy to read.

The fiber to fabric exhibit was probably the best I've ever seen. You could touch the fibers (kids would like it) and the explanations were very easy to follow.
Written June 11, 2015
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12gotoperu
Huntington, WV270 contributions
Prato was a day trip from Florence for me and had turned into a major disappointment with several places being closed and my inability to find a couple of other places. On the way back to the train station I saw that a textile museum was basically just a jog from my route so I decided to try and find it and hope it was open. And I did and it was and I was so glad because it is a fantastic history of the textile industry in Prato. It's just two floors with the first housing a lovely gift shop and then a huge room with case after case after case of various pieces of fabrics, some dating back as far as the 13th to 14th century. And, for almost every piece displayed, there is a written explanation in Italian AND English!! If you are at all interested in fabrics, fibers, beautiful handwork, etc., or if, like me, you've just spent the day trying to find something in Prato that you can actually visit, this museum should fill the bill.
Written November 1, 2019
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iain789
Glasgow, UK45 contributions
Any port in a storm on a wet afternoon, so we went in to this museum with no high hopes. At the reception desk was a very informative and enthusiastic young woman, who spoke excellent English. The first room contains a collection of very old fabrics, with explanations (in English and Italian), of how they were made. The room is quite dark (to protect the fabrics). Further exhibits describe the history of Prato as a textile producing town, and an interesting display of different textiles produced from animal, vegetable and artificial sources.
This may sound dry and of limited general interest, but we left (after the rain had stopped) feeling we had learned something.
Written September 10, 2019
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Museo Del Tessuto is open:
  • Sun - Sun 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tue - Thu 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM