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“Book a tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Maison des Canuts

Maison des Canuts
Ranked #31 of 202 things to do in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: During the guided tour, you'll find out about the invention of Jacquard with a weaving demonstration on hand loom, the history of silk and the life of weavers. Guided tours are in French but we supply English information to follow the tour.2 guided tours a day at 11a.m and 3.30p.mOpen every day from 10a.m to 6p.m except on sunday and bank holidays
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Book a tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

At first glance this is a small family run museum, but what brings the experience alive are the Husband and wife owners who really make it worthwhile.

Make sure you book a tour before hand, and ask to see some live weaving in their workshop.

They truly know the history of the weaving in France, as well as the politics and drivers around why it was and still is important to Lyon.

Very informative and we learnt a lot, highly recommend visiting for those with an inquisitive mind, not great for uninterested children.

Visited April 2013
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Lexington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Working Jacquard Loom”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Anyone interested in the history of textiles (or the applications of punched cards) should visit this place. Knowledge of spoken French is a huge plus. We were warned before we purchased tickets that it was a group tour and only brief summaries would be possible in English. There was a one page fact sheet in English that they let us use. We knew enough about weaving that the summaries, plus answers to specific questions, sufficed for us.

Visited February 2013
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orlando fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“excellent presentation of the silk industry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

the short guided visit took us to a workshop where the silk weaving process was demonstrated. we then saw a slide presentation. the guide was very informative.

afterwards we went on a walking tour of the traboule of the croix rousse. the guide, mr. luc did a great job. to be recommended.

Visited March 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Nothing to see”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

Lyon has once had a huge silk industry but sadly all that remains is this so-called museum which is just two rooms with no information or tours in English and a handful of overpriced silk items for sale. Does not qualify as a museum or must-see in Lyon. Needs somebody with drive, creativity and marketing ambition to make this something interesting for tourists to visit. Very sad as this is one of the very few 'tourist attractions' in the city.

Visited September 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing visit (for some programmers)!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Some in our group started talking with the owners, and although there was no demonstration for another hour, they kindly invited us to have a free tour for our group.

It was truly amazing, it was easy to see how this is the first programs. The place even has a compiler. So worth it.

But you have to take the tour, the place itself was quite bare on information without having a guide to ask questions.

Visited November 2012
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