Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs, Lyon

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After a trip to the London’s World Fair in 1851, Lyon’s silk manufacturers returned home determined to create a museum where their renowned work would be preserved for generations to come. Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs is that museum, and since the 19th century it has grown into the largest collection of silks in the world with over two billion different design samples that span over 4,500 years of silk production. Inside you will find local samples that date back to the middle ages and pieces from China, Japan, and even silks that once clothed the Pharaohs of Egypt. For Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs and beyond, use our Lyon family vacation planner to get the most from your Lyon vacation.
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  • Worth a visit these two museums. Enjoyed and delighted that hit back strongly before closing. Toured the Museum for 1:00
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  • This museum suffers from a lack of investment and modernization. It caters almost only to insiders of the textile. We must absolutely make it more attractive, improve the display, make it more informative and fun. It is not normal that there is so little visitor while his collection is remarkable.
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  • It's phenomenal how about 300 years ago dealt with silk. The preserved pieces are all still in good condition and wonderful. A must to visit when one Lyon.
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  • Amazing textiles, very inspiring pieces. Only downside is that the info is only in French... Good scarf selection in the gift shop!
  • Fascinating! This is basically two museums, one of the textiles and one is a tour of home decor from the 16-19th century. It was amazing to see the portraits created on looms, there were two that looked like ink prints but we're in fact made on a loom. They start with the history of the loom products and end with really interesting new advanced with fabrics - best resistance, airbags, etc. Unfortunately the information was only in French so as a non-French speaking tourist I didn't get as much out if it. The second building is set up as the house would have been in the 1800s and back with lovely furniture and fixtures. There is also some modern silverware.
  • 2 Museums: Textile and decor, nice , a couple of floors and good collection, little bit repetitive in the decor section but still worth a visit, not too pricey. Allow 1.5 hours for both museums, prepare for tons of stairs
  • Great collection. The information is all in French, though, which I could have handled except that the text is also quite small, and the lighting fairly dim.
  • Wonderfully inspirationsl and amazing One of a kind in the world

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Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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