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Cite Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais
Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Calais
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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, the lingerie and haute couture associated with this prestigious textile, as well as its most contemporary aspects. The high point of a visit to this important museum is to discover the lace weaving looms in operation, those monumental cast iron machines that produce this exceptional fabric.
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

Probably enjoyed this more as it wasn't too busy and we were able to sit and watch all films and videos in comfort. We even had the demonstration to ourselves.
Exhibits beautifully laid out and the temporary exhibition was amazing.
Be sure to use the restaurant as good food and very reasonable prices.
We spent longer there than we thought we would.

Visited December 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Moscow, Russia
Level 6 Contributor
70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“small museum but worth a visit”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

The expo describing the history of making laces is very interesting, and be sure you don't miss the demonstration of how the lace-making machine works! The commentaries to the expo is in French and English, but I am not sure the machine demonstration is possible to be held in English (I visited with a large group of French, and I understand French).

Visited November 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Traditional and modern”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

Excellent museum giving a history of the development of lace from handmade to machine, and the role that Calais has played in that development.
Don't miss the videos of workers from the Calais lace factories. The one of the card perforator for the leavers machines is brilliant.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Interesting and modern”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

A very modern exhibition. The facts are conveyed through different media's such as holograms, signs and examples. Very interesting history and the best thing to do in Calais!

Visited March 2013
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Thank Colleen w
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Lille, France
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Worth a look!”
Reviewed 13 March 2013

Nice surprise finding this new lace museum in calais as we had a few hours to kill before the ferry. Well worth the visit!

Visited March 2013
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