Musee des Tapisseries

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Musee des Tapisseries
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westy54
By westy54
Small museum with some beautiful 17th and 18th century tapestries.
Jun 2019
This small museum occupies four main rooms on the first floor of what used to be the Archbishop's Palace. The building itself was built between 1650 and 1780, has four wings and is three stories high, The rooms that the tapestries are in are quite ornate with some lovely period furniture. The tapestries themselves used to adorn the Palace's ceremonial rooms so you can see that the former Archbishops really did it tough - not!! Entry to the museum, which was inaugurated in 1909, was EUR 3-70 each. Access to the first floor involved going down about five stairs then walking along a very wide vaulted tunnel for about 20 metres then going up five stairs again back into the building then climbing up the 35 stairs of the grand double revolution staircase to the first floor. I did not notice a lift. The first few rooms looked as though they were in the process of being redecorated. There were some models dressed in period costumes and some antique furniture including a grand piano with a vividly painted cover. There were then four rooms in which the three sets of tapestries, all of which were made by the Manufacture Royal de Beauvais factories, were hung on the walls. The three sets are "The Story of Don Quixote", "The Russian Games" and "The Grotesques" a set of six tapestries and the oldest being woven around 1689. All of the tapestries were in very good condition. Worth a look as it is only small, near to the Cathedral, and doesn't take long.

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Worth seeing the building
Nov 2019 • Couples
The contents are largely tapestries not surprisingly. Unless these are your bag you will be disappointed. They are generally faded. The building is quite interesting if you are curious to see it.
Written 23 November 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,617 contributions
Small museum with some beautiful 17th and 18th century tapestries.
Jun 2019
This small museum occupies four main rooms on the first floor of what used to be the Archbishop's Palace. The building itself was built between 1650 and 1780, has four wings and is three stories high, The rooms that the tapestries are in are quite ornate with some lovely period furniture. The tapestries themselves used to adorn the Palace's ceremonial rooms so you can see that the former Archbishops really did it tough - not!!

Entry to the museum, which was inaugurated in 1909, was EUR 3-70 each. Access to the first floor involved going down about five stairs then walking along a very wide vaulted tunnel for about 20 metres then going up five stairs again back into the building then climbing up the 35 stairs of the grand double revolution staircase to the first floor. I did not notice a lift.

The first few rooms looked as though they were in the process of being redecorated. There were some models dressed in period costumes and some antique furniture including a grand piano with a vividly painted cover.

There were then four rooms in which the three sets of tapestries, all of which were made by the Manufacture Royal de Beauvais factories, were hung on the walls. The three sets are "The Story of Don Quixote", "The Russian Games" and "The Grotesques" a set of six tapestries and the oldest being woven around 1689.

All of the tapestries were in very good condition.

Worth a look as it is only small, near to the Cathedral, and doesn't take long.
Written 27 August 2019
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MeredithAussie
Cannes, France1,918 contributions
Exquisite stitching
Jun 2019
I was interested in the building (former residence of the Archbishop) as well as the tapestries and the temporary exhibition (of costumes used over the years in the Festival d’Art Lyrique of Aix en Provence), and I was not disappointed. From the elaborate doorway to the sweeping staircase, the marble fireplaces, the chandeliers and the decorative cornices in the ceilings. Wow!
Of course, the tapestries were wonderful to stand and gaze at, imagining the skill of the artisans, stitching such fine work in so many varied colours.
Definitely worth the small entrance fee.
The costumes were also very interesting, especially looking closely at the stitching of some of the garments for characters playing famous roles in history.
Written 12 August 2019
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Rose B
Auckland, New Zealand177 contributions
Worth a visit
Jun 2019 • Couples
The archbishop’s former palace is worth a look built between 1650 and 1780 . The opera festival has taken place in the courtyard since 1948 . The tapestries are of the story of Don Quixote composed of 10 tapestries and these were woven between 1735~ 1744. Unfortunately no English titles of the tapestries.
Performing arts collection of stage costumes also on display , worth a look.
Written 27 June 2019
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Mary S
Pittsburgh, PA140 contributions
Interesting, but..
Sep 2018 • Couples
If you have the chance to go when it is free, I would recommend doing so. The admission wasn't a lot, but everything is in French so unless you are fluent you won't get much out of it. It would have been nice for there to be some information about how tapestries are made, etc.
The building the museum is in was once the Palais de L’Archeveche (Palais of the Archbishop) and is adjacent to the Cathedral. The archbishops held considerable wealth and rank within the church. Attributed to the architect Laurent Vallon around 1670, he designs homes befitting the social status of its residents and this one is special.
The Museum itself hosts some magnificent tapestries from the 16th and 17th centuries. It also houses old costumes from ballets and operas from the 17th and 18th centuries. You can still see that it was a very palatial private residence at one time.
Written 30 September 2018
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Always Curious
Australia278 contributions
Lots of potential but disappointing
Sep 2018 • Couples
Another museum completely in French with no translation available. The history of the tapestries would have been fascinating. It is an outstandingly good collection and deserved a better display. The staircase is worth examining. All homes should have one like that!!
Written 16 September 2018
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A A
United Kingdom32 contributions
You might need to be a tapestry connoisseur to enjoy this
Sep 2018 • Couples
We went on a free day (and were glad not to have paid). There are four rooms of very large tapestries, but they didn't do very much for us. For me the most interesting thing was the beautiful giant wardrobe in the second room.
Written 7 September 2018
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murmac2017
Toronto, Canada162 contributions
Go for the Tapestry
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were lucky to visit on a day of free admission. The tapestry is impressive. The descriptions are all French, so if you cannot read French ... The rhyme and reason of the other displays - theatre influences, etc - are not obvious at all. The rooms must once have been impressive but are sadly in need of repair and a musty smell prevails. The layout of the museum requires some guesswork and intuition to negotiate, and direction is sparse. Fascinating nonetheless.
Written 3 June 2018
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MegamomSeattle
Seattle161 contributions
Needs help but tapestries are nice
Sep 2017 • Couples
Go on the free Sunday. Be sure to,notice the courtyard which is converted into a stage and seats for performances.
Written 28 October 2017
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DrMWH
Horsham, UK40 contributions
Tapestries Supreme
Aug 2017
Small and full of irrelevant and boring costumes for former productions of The Magic Flute, this museum is a wonderful find for admirers of the historical art of tapestry. Happily, a series on the theme of Don Quixote is wonderfully vibrant and alive with the weird energy of that novel. A specialist sort of venue that asks you questions and isn't for the casual visitor. Highly recommend
Written 13 August 2017
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