The Textile Museum Lyon brings to life the vibrant history of the silk industry in the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region. It also displays a wide variety of other items and artifacts having to do with textiles of all kinds, from Persian carpets to a variety of tapestries, and of course, silks from all over the world. The Musee des Tissus is a popular Lyon museum because most of the people visiting hear about the significance of the silk industry in the history of Lyon quickly after arriving, if they did not already understand this about the city before leaving. This leads many people to look into the museum as their curiosity grows. The Musee des Tissus does not disappoint. You can easily enjoy two or three hours exploring the treasures of this institution.
The Costume Section is of special interest if you are curious about the progression of French fashion over the past centuries. The museum features a permanent collection that contains lace dresses and clothing, embroidery, and many more items. There are also areas of the museum dedicated to fabrics from every corner of the globe, including Coptic tapestries from the fifth and sixth centuries, Byzantine and Muslim fabrics, Hispano-Moorish weavings, and interesting patterns and designs from Asia, Africa, and generally, all over the world.
The admission to the Textile Museum Lyon is modest. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located in the lovely, seventeenth-century Villeroy Mansion. There are plenty of restaurants, wine bars, and cafes within very close proximity of the museum.
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