The Maison des Dentelles reopened its doors to the public in June 2006. It shows all kinds of lace, but is especially proud of the famous Argentan Point lace, which was developed locally. The museum links the Town with an important part of its history and highlights a part of its heritage and the richness of its lace making past, particularly in the time of Marie-Antoinette.
The museum houses unique collections of items made of needlepoint, bobbin and machine lace. Visitors will also discover modern lace made by lace makers from Argentan. Each year different items will be exhibited enabling you to make new discoveries about this world of lace.
Each year, a temporary exhibition is mounted from 1st April to 15 October. In 2007, you can discover an exhibition of various lace makers’ pillows and frames that were used to make the lace which you will discover during your visit.
A new film explains the various techniques used in making Argentan Point lace.
Demonstrations of needlepoint and bobbin lace are also organised at various times so that you can see the techniques used.
In a green setting beside La Noë lake, the Maison des Dentelles is surrounded by a garden laid out in patterns with plants which suggest the elegance and delicacy of lace.