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Faiencerie de Gien, Gien

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  • Visit unexpectedly, because the name faience of Gien is known. The Museum occupies three rooms with an accumulation of parts that does not contribute to their development. The monumental pieces (vases) were the star. Many written information (historical, technical, artistic) mark the visit but there are repetitions and missing the big picture. The film is a short, advertising and disappointing. It should make us live this adventure, his success, his hard knocks... Amazing forgotten: not a word on the tiles of the Paris metro. All this is interesting but dated, which contrasts with the will of high-end positioning. A small facelift will be well to a museum that deserves it.
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  • If there is nothing else to do, make the Museum: too little explanation, out of date and possibly the universal expos. The best would be to visit the factory, but closed to the tour in July. The store, he is well accessible!
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  • Located against the factory the pottery museum traces the historical expertise of this activity, one of the oldest in the city. After the visit to the Museum, we stay hungry... A better presentation of the know-how is needed: a big screen to explain exactly the manufacturing and decoration techniques would be welcome at the end of visit. Since we can't see the factory, a training video of 10 / 15 min then justify admission € 5. The souvenir shop is not affordable for all budgets... Too bad.
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  • Worth a visit. Some nice pieces .
  • Fabulous! Always many beautiful patterns to choose from, and sometimes some great bargains. We visit nearly every time we go to France.
  • 6 stars if there were such a thing! From Oklahoma but been to the Gien factory store/boutique many times. Well worth the trip! Be prepared to pack your own merchandise and transport it yourself. There is no shipping available. Places like this don't easily exist in France. They do not have the "consumer mentality" of Americans. This is the real deal, tho. The prices are fabulously low and the quantity of merchandise is amazing.
  • Much better than a few years back. The defects are virtually invisible. The choice is great. The price is of the Gien at 30%, so why complain?
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  • The Museum closing for restructuring not listed on the site. Not cool. However 30% on 6 purchased parts. Well, fine this time.
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