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“Unique and fun”

Musee du Papier Peint
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Rixheim
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
San Carlos, CA
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Unique and fun”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

A different type of museum combining decorative arts with functional art. Located in a wall paper processing plant. Local town is also nice to walk around. Unique.

Visited September 2013
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“An interior decorator's dreamworld....”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

A stunning collection of wallpaper. Yes Wallpaper. I never thought it could be SO very interesting, varied, colourful.... Especially the older types dating back to the 18th Century. Great to know this place exists. Normal entry fee is 7.50 Euros. Well worth it.....!!!

Visited March 2013
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Bern, Switzerland
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“A must see of something people have forgotten”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Who knows what is "painted paper" today? Who has ever seen it or seen it and not taken notice of it. Today our house-walls are just bricks with a layer of cement plaster and then painted. They use to be a time for real plasters (a gypsum plaster) and painted paper. This museum shows all the different steps of the production of painted paper and the different kind of paper, technics and colors. It is a must to see. Maybe, after you've seen the Museum, you might decide to reuse this over 500 years old custom and apply painted paper in your next house?

Visited June 2012
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Bern, Schweiz
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32 attraction reviews
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“Papier Peint”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

Because nowaways there is no more Papier PEint on the walls. Our kids would maybe be interested and also for grown ups it is nice to see how tastes change quickly :)

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“Surprisingly Interesting”
Reviewed December 12, 2008

Musée du papier peint

“Wallpaper museum?!” my friend snorted, when I told her I planned to visit the Musée du papier peint.

Crestfallen, I said, “That bad?”

“Well no, I’ve heard it’s quite good, actually. It’s just that if you tell anyone you want to go to a wallpaper museum they snort derisively.”

Wallpaper has been made in Rixheim, France since 1797, and by Zuber and Cie, from 1802 to 1982. The Musée du papier peint housed in the old Zuber and Cie factory was founded in 1983.
Zuber et Cie, still the crème de la crème of wallpaper makers, is especially known for their scenic wall panels. At one time, the company shipped half of its product to the U.S.A. where many of their hand blocked panels still decorate famous residences across America including, whether Dubya realizes it or not, the Blue Room of the White House.

A labour intensive product, Zuber’s wallpapers require the services of many skilled of craftsmen (colourists, artists, printers, wood carvers)—thus once providing a livelihood for most of Rixheim’s townspeople until the process became industrialized. On display are numerous Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, even one from New Brunswick, New Jersey. One of these machines could produce in a single day, what it previously took four years to make; not however, the panoramic scenes which continue to be manufactured by hand and can require more than fifteen hundred blocks and over two hundred colours.

Apparently, owning a Zuber scene is akin to owning a famous painting. The whole painstaking process starts with the colourist, who hand mixes chalk with mineral, vegetable or chemical pigment. Four men, who are not allowed to talk during the process, apply the background colours with wide brushes. Once the paper has dried, right-handed printers, the blocks aren’t designed to accommodate southpaws, press the paint-laden fruit-wood blocks on precisely designated spots which are later retouched by an artist’s hand.

During the last war, the occupying German forces used many of the original, two-century-old wooden blocks, (since declared by the French government as historical monuments) for firewood. Those blocks that remain are still being used today. The museum’s entrance is located in a secluded courtyard just off the business area of Rixheim.

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