Guided tour of the Manufacture des Gobelins
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Attractions & guided tours

Guided tour of the Manufacture des Gobelins

Free cancellation
Language: French
Availability: Wednesday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the meticulousness of the craftworkers
  • Learn about the history and the techniques of this art
  • Get exclusive access to the backstages
What to expect

L'enclos des Gobelins it's 80 artists, 23,000 shades of color, 600 furnished French Republic palaces and 3 factories with a unique and traditional expertise in weaving which endures and grows over time. Dedicated to the furnishing and decorating in tapestry and carpets of official palaces, the factories have since 1900 made more than 2,000 masterpieces.


The Gobelins Manufactory fashions tapestries by using the high-warp technique; the Beauvais Manufacture however uses the low-warp method; and the Soap Manufactory specializes in carpet weaving.

Your tour guide will take you to the nearest loom-warp craft-site, by taking you two of three active workshops! Open your eyes wide and gaze at the meticulousness with which the craftworkers practice their art.

The delicate handling of the spindle, comb, and traced design; the perfect mastery of knots; the meticulous positioning of the mirror which is used to look over work in progress; as well as the preparation of the "warp"--all these techniques turn the human hand into the accomplished artist hand and the majestic machine into a delicate, high-end instrument.

You'll understand why the completion of a piece is proudly famous. After years of work, the masterpiece can be delivered, and the artist can finally look upon his work which, until then, can only be appreciated with frugality as conventional smoothing methods dictate.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Entry ticket to the Manufacture des Gobelins
    • Guided tour in French
    • Exclusive backstage access
    What's not included
    • Personal expenses
    • Transfers
    • Tips
    Where

    Manufacture des Gobelins, 42 Avenue des Gobelins - 75013 Paris

    Meeting point:

    Meet your guide in the lobby of the Manufacture des Gobelins 10 minutes before the departure of the tour. Metro: Gobelins (line 7).

    What to remember
    • In a period of temporary display, this visit gives you free access to the current exhibition
    • Latecomers risk missing the tour as tours are neither reschedulable nor refundable
    • No wheelchair access for this tour (presence of stairs)
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    When
    • Wednesday
      Departure at 3.00pm
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    Provider
    Cultival
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the activity begins.

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