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Cite de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais

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Brilliant and Interesting

This is a fabulous museum display, with wonderful machines and beautiful exhibits. You don't even... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this museum two weeks ago. The permanent exhibition was most impressive. A must for... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
Anna L
Jessheim, Norway
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Established in Calais, inside an authentic nineteenth century lace factory, the Museum of Lace and Fashion is a specialist museum for the famous lace woven on looms. A museum of both fashion and industry, its vast galleries present the techniques...more
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135 quai du Commerce, 62100, Calais, France
+33 3 21 00 42 30
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fabulous museum display, with wonderful machines and beautiful exhibits. You don't even have to be that interested in lace or fashion... The 19C machines have punch-card programmes - so it's a kind of mechanical digital, and all very steam-punk. Marvellous. The fashion...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Visited this museum two weeks ago. The permanent exhibition was most impressive. A must for everybody who is visiting Calais.

Thank Anna L
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Lace and textiles really don’t float my boat so I wasn’t keen on coming here, but I went with the flow and it’s really quite interesting, especially as it tells the story of Calais at the same time. If you love textiles then this is...More

Thank Fairlocks
Reviewed 12 April 2018

It is a nice museum, focused mostly in textil arts. I recommend to take a guided tour if you are not familiarezed with the lace industry. The second floor, has a nice exhibition about fashion with beautiful dresses. Strongly recommended if you are visiting Calais.

Thank Beto79
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We went to this terrific museum which is currently hosting an exceptional exhibition of the clothes, designs and culture of Hubert de Givenchy. His dresses for Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and the Duchess of Windsor are on display with a full range of his work...More

1  Thank PicardyV
Reviewed 12 October 2017

The maps are a bit hazy on the location of this museum. It is near the Town Hall on a canal. It is definitely worth finding. I had no idea what it took to make lace. From the handmade traditions, which were mind boggling complex,...More

Thank chawinflut
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

In this repurposed lace factory building you learn all about lace making, the history, manufacturing, design and more. Very comprehensive exhibits and a neat Givency exhibition as well. Worth the visit!

Thank Sweetwater
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Just incredible ,I am so impressed . Firstly ...group bookings with guides no problem, adequate toilet facilities super clean ,on all floors. Portable walking stick/ stool available ,licensed restaurant / coffee lounge . Now the museaum please allow two houRs minimum ,well thought out, demonstration...More

1  Thank G8773ALJanet
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I went around this exhibition with my work colleague, my friend and my husband. We did it for research for work and it was amazing. The lace through the ages, the lace machine demonstrated just for us four, brilliant. Would go back again and again,...More

1  Thank Snowy218
Reviewed 9 August 2017

It was great to see the fabulous designs of Givenchy at the Museum of Lace (Cite Internationale de la Dentelle); this museum is walking distance from Calais Town Hall.

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