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Earthenware Museum (Musee de la Faience)

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Address: 14 rue Jean Baptiste Bousquet, 29000, Quimper, France
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+33 2 98 90 12 72
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Fascinating information about a world leading (but sadly almost defunct) industry

The museum is well laid out, informative and has some lovely examples of Faience - particularly as practised between about 1880 and 1940. Well worth a visit - the new buildings... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2015
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this delightful little museum after walking along the river path towards the centre of Quimper. It is clean, modern and well laid out. It tells the history of the earthenware industry in Quimper. The display cases contain a huge range of examples arranged chronologically. There was a guide in English available and most exhibits had labels in... More 

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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

On a walk from our campsite along the river Odet into Quimper we stumbled upon this delightful museum. We were warmly greeted at the entrance and for a modest fee of 4.50€ we enjoyed a great exhibition of pottery and the history of Pottery in Quimper. There was an information sheet in English and, unlike many of the museums I... More 

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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Admittedly I should have checked on their website but disappointed to walk from the centre of town to find it was shut. I think a number of visitors had made the same mistake and were found in the nearby gift shop making purchases. Really do think they should open on a Sunday .

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This museum is next door to the one remaining manufacturer of Quimper pottery with its charming motifs. The museum is well laid out and has a vast range of pieces.

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2015

I have long been a fan of the colourful peasant decorated pottery of Quimper, and when staying in the area was determined to see as much as possible. I therefore headed to this museum with high hopes, which unfortunately were not fulfilled. A relatively expensive visit for what you see, the majority of the exhibits are rather lumpen art pottery... More 

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Arlington Heights, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

Definite must see. The presentation of Quimper pottery over the years is great, and the displays of the works of particular artists is especially interesting. Missing this would be a shame if you understand the significance of faience to this region.

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Thank UhlBliss
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Reviewed 21 June 2015

The museum is well laid out, informative and has some lovely examples of Faience - particularly as practised between about 1880 and 1940. Well worth a visit - the new buildings on the site of the original works are beautifully finished and laid out.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

We loved this museum - It covered the history and development of the history of pottery in the region. Well curated and displayed exhibits. We we taken aback by a plate which had one of the most racist, s exist and colonialist illustrations we have ever seen. The oblivious Ness to its own offensiveness is a real mark of old... More 

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Stevenage
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2013

This was a very interesting eye-opener and gave us a background to the craft, with some very beautiful examples, as well as some less so.

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London UK
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Reviewed 19 December 2012

Worth an hour of your day, interesting to see the development of this dying industry, go after a visit to the city museum in the cathedral complex to get a feel for the costumes of Brittany . Great shop , do this if not the museum , it's free

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