Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs, Lyon

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Art Museum Historic Site
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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  • There are a lot of things on display showing the skills of the various artisans of the history of Lyong. No descriptions of any items except in technical French, so I couldn't understand anything. My ...  more »
  • The Decorative Arts Museum has rooms decorated in different styles on three levels. Due to the very dim lighting, in order to protect a lot of the delicate silk fabrics, it is sometimes very hard to g...  more »
  • The collections in both of the museums (Textiles and Decorative Arts) are vast. You can see both on one ticket. Adult was 7.50, I think the student ticket was 5.50. You'll find tapestries from the mid...  more »
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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