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“The silk route”
Review of Maison des Canuts

Maison des Canuts
Ranked #31 of 226 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
Reviewed 13 June 2014

La Maison des Canuts - the name given to the silk weavers that made Lyon famous for its exquisite silk garment during the reign of French king Francois 1er - is a very small, but worthwhile museum to visit in la Croix Rousse district. The guided tour is free with the Lyon citycard and recommended. It provides a skillful demonstration on the jacquard loom and interesting story telling about the fascinating history of silk in Lyon. The shop sells beautiful silk scarves too that make lovely gifts to bring back home, strictly all made in the area. I spent an enjoyable hour and a half there and love my silk scarf!

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We used the Lyon City Card and got free entry to Maison des Canuts. It was explained that the tour and demonstration was in French with some translation, but that the talk at the end was all in Fench.
There is a display/interpretive centre which is well set up with information on the history of silk and the industry in Lyon - there were boxes of cards containing English translations of the graphics which made everything easy to understand (I'm sorry, I didn't pay attention as to whether there are translations in other languages).
The demonstration of the looms and silk weaving techniques was fascinating. We did stay for the talk and managed to understand some of it thanks to my nearly-forgotten high school French.
Gorgeous silk items available to purchase should you wish.

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The silk shop offered two tours. We paid 3.5 euros for the first tour, which took everyone to a separate room where there was a silk weaving machine. We stayed in that room for the entire "tour" (about 20 minutes) listening to the guide. The information was supposed to be in French and English. However, the guide would say something for about 5 minutes in French and then 2 sentences in English. We don't know any French. At the end, we didn't get any information out of the tour. I felt offended, because it was supposed to be a tourist attraction, and yet the guide didn't care to communicate with the English speaking tourists.

2  Thank goodenough2
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

The Maison des Canuts is a perfect place to have a quick insight in the silk weaving industry that played a key role in the history of this beautiful French city around 1800s. Even though the exhibition area is small the way in which the information is given and the fashion in which the different tools and artifacts are displayed contributes to have a better understanding of the origins of silk weaving in China, the silk road and the establishment of that industry around the Lyon area. The highlight of the whole visit is the demonstration that one of the staff members does of how the canuts (silk workers) use the loom. Very impressive!

La Maison des Canuts es el lugar perfecto para comprender el rol que la industria de la seda jugó en la historia de esta bella ciudad francesa en 1800s. Aunque el espacio de exposición es pequeño el modo en que se presenta la información y la manera en que se presentan las diferentes herramientas y artefactos ayuda a comprender los orígenes del tejido de la seda en China, el camino de la seda y el establecimiento de esa industria en Lyon. Lo más interesante de la visita es la demostración que hace una de las guías de como operaban el telar los "canuts" (tejedores de seda). ¡Fascinante!

1  Thank RicardoYanez
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

Very interesting to see the old looms and the time it took to produce those fabrics.The initial presentation was in French and English and easy to follow.We are from RI which is full of old textile mills but to see these huge machines run by one person was impressive.They it took weeks to set them up and I can see why.Well worth the small admission to see a slice of the history of the textile industry.

Thank mfaggella
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