Opening hours Open from Easter holidays to All Saints holidays. For 2018, from 10/04 to 04/11. Tuesday to Sunday, 14 p.m. to 18 p.m. 19 p.m. in July and August. Closed Mondays and May 1st. Open all the other holidays of the season.

Allow 2 hours of visit. Continuous guided tours. For groups, guided tours possible all year round, by reservation.

Guided and commented visit is filled with demonstrations to discover, in turn, all the stages and processes of fabric manufacture in the atmosphere and the preserved atmosphere of the first woolen cloth factory in Lavelanet, which now houses the museum.

- The secret of fibers and the spinning of wool using hand tools and the operation of the cards of a mechanical spinning of the 19th century.

- The miracle of dyes and the alchemy of colors.

- The magic of weaving on hand looms and mechanical looms in operation and in production.

- The garden, organized in the style of a medieval garden, echoes the guided tour by allowing to find a good number of plants used either as natural textile fibers or as natural dyes.

Conservation of know-how and textile production:

Beyond the exhibited collection pieces, the museum strives to preserve the know-how of the former weavers. Since 2016, we have been producing a line of textile products on the old emblematic machines of the museum and of the local textile activity. This is the opportunity to see the machines in action as part of this production.

Take part in textile creation workshops : Maithé Bru, licière, trained at the Gobelins factory in Paris, offers demonstrations on her high and low string looms and an introduction to a particular weaving technique: tapestry, during creation workshops for adults and children . Limited places, by reservation.

The steps in the manufacture of a horn comb : Around the biscayeur oven, presses, staders and other machines essential to the stages of creating a comb, you are presented with a video, period photos and archival documents. They will allow you to better understand what were the working conditions of the workers, the stages of manufacture of a comb, the importance of the production and the undeniable qualities of this noble product still manufactured today in the country.

2018 “Sheep, Wool, Textile” Animation Days: Sunday June 17 - JPPM - Free admission and museum visit, Thursday July 19 - Museum admission and visit € 10, Friday August 17 - Museum admission and visit € 10, Sunday September 16 - JEP - Entrance and free museum visit.

Noémie, will provide guided tours on these days for English-speaking visitors: € 6 / person, reservation recommended.

On the program of these days, classic visit of the museum with demonstrations using manual tools and machines in operation and in production, extended by the following workshops, demonstration of weaving on a manual loom of a green woolen cloth, made locally in the Middle Ages, demonstration of dyeing, spinning, weaving and fulling, of a horizon blue woolen cloth, locally made on a mechanical shuttle loom and having been used for making coats and uniforms for soldiers of the 1st war 14-18 (the hairy). Presence of partners on these particular workshops including an EARL of local farm products which offers the possibility of lunch on site, The 17/06 grilled lamb and pork (kebabs and sausages), July 19 Cochon à la spit, August 17 Ham on the spit, September 16 lamb on the spit: Paying and by prior reservation. Possibility of getting to know the sheep in the museum garden.

The museum shop : It is the showcase of products related to the themes addressed in the museum: The museum's textile production, dyeing, spinning, weaving kits, seeds of textile plants from the garden, household linen, woolen and woolen articles felted, cornaille (natural angrais), combs and objects in horn and a specialized bookstore. It is also the basket of the know-how of local artisans and producers: wooden toys, jams, honey, farm products, craft beers, organic wines, cosmetics, souvenirs ... Many gift ideas to please and have fun. Free entrance.

Ranking & labels

  • Museum of France

Location

Cathar Pyrenees

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Prices / Opening

Group rate: 5 € Adult price: 6 € Child rate: € 4 Others: 2,50 € Group rate: 4 € Child rate: € 24 Adult price: 26 € Pass: 10 € Others: 2,50 €
Price Min. Max.
Group rate - Adult groups from 15 people Min. €5
Adult price - Museum entrance Min. €6
Child rate - Museum Entrance Child from 7 to 12 years old Min. €4
In addition: Visit of the Cathar Weaving workshop Min. €2,50
Group rate - Groups of children from 7 to 12 years old from 15 people Min. €4
Child rate - Textile creation workshops from 8 years old Min. €24
Adult price - Adult textile creation workshops Min. €26
Pass - Textile activity discovery tour package Min. €10
In addition: demonstration workshop or initiation to tapestry Min. €2,50

Payment method

  • checks
  • French "Chèques vacances"
  • Cash

Equipments and Services

Equipments

  • Elevator
  • Boutiques
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
  • Access for disabled

Services

  • Pet Friendly

Comfort

  • Drinking water point

Activities

  • Group welcome from 15 person (s)