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Bonnet Silk Factories


Last updated date : 24/05/2024

Discover the fascinating history of the hub of Lyon’s silk industry and learn about its influence internationally through the 19th and 20th centuries. Wander through former weaving mills, admire the fine materials and immerse yourself in the daily life of this factory and boarding school.

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The memory of an industry of excellence, Soieries Bonnet is the world's largest textile industry heritage collection.

Luxurious fabrics, production tools and archives of the world of work, the Soieries Bonnet museum represents 200 years of textile production history.

Here, you can talk to former workers, admire unique fabrics designed for some of the world's leading fashion houses (Dior, Chanel...), and immerse yourself in the workings of a factory that once employed up to 1,200 people.

Tours of former weaving workshops, meetings with former workers, demonstrations, cultural and artistic events...
Discover the different stages in the creation of fabrics and fashion accessories, as well as the site's unique industrial heritage!

Founded in Lyon in 1810, in 1835 the Bonnet company set up a factory-boarding school in Jujurieux, described at the time as "the most complete establishment in the world". Renowned for its excellent know-how, the Lyon-based company expanded from the south of France to Italy, Poland, Serbia, Abyssinia, London, New York and Paris.

Linked to the most illustrious names in haute couture, such as Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Lanvin, Lacroix and Valentino, the Musée des Soieries Bonnet's collections bear witness to a singular history, whether through its crafts or its workers. An exceptional heritage, Soieries Bonnet has long been more than just a factory, but a city within a city. Chapel, bursar's office, workers' housing estates, school... The site welcomed over 13,000 workers over a hundred years, and even exported its paternalistic organization to Japan.

A priceless fabric has been stolen from the Soieries Bonnet museum! Find the culprit in this giant Cluedo as you discover the secrets of the workers at the French silk factory. Outdoor game only on Wednesdays,
10am-11.30am and 2pm-4pm.

Practical information


19 bis rue Claude Joseph Bonnet Parking Place Marcel GRILLET - 01640 Jujurieux


English, French


Adult: 9 €
Child: 6 €.

Free entry for children < 4 years, press, the drivers, the supervisors, disabled people.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

Group tours available upon request.

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The 3 days can be used over a period of 6 days.
- Adult pass (from 13 years old) : 31 euros
- Child pass (3-12 years old included) : 19 euros

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From 26/03 to 17/11/2024, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm.

Additional information

Groups (min. 10 people): possibility to receive groups of over 50 people.
Groups accepted from the 1st March to 31st October, booking required on: + 33(0)4 74 37 23 14

To find out more about the collections, temporary exhibitions, events and visits for groups of professionals, contact the Directorate of the Departmental Museums on +33 (0)4 74 36 86 65 or at [email protected]

For disabled visitors, the toilets are not wheelchair-accessible and there is a steep slope at the entrance.


  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Doors >=77 cm wide
  • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
  • Incline >5% but reasonable
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Bonnet Silk Factories

19 bis rue Claude Joseph Bonnet Parking Place Marcel GRILLET - 01640 Jujurieux

04 74 36 97 60

I go by alternative transportation

From the A42 motorway take exit n°9 for Pont d'Ain, then the D1084 towards Nantua, followed by the D36 towards Jujurieux. From the A40 motorway take exit n°8 for Saint-Martin-du-Fresne, then the D1084 towards Lyon followed by the D36 towards Jujurieux.

This activity is included in the Lyon City Card!

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