Wevershuis Museum, Leiden

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Museum Het Leids Wevershuis consists of one of the last remaining "weavers' homes" in Leiden, Netherlands. The exterior, the large antique loom and the interior, are testimony of the once flourishing textile industry around Leiden, in particular during the 16th and 17th century, when many home weavers supplied the draper's guild with high quality woolen cloth.MuseumThe building and its antique interior are the museum. There is a small collection of modern hand-woven textiles. The museum has a weaver available most days to demonstrate the craft on a large loom. Products made during demonstrations are for sale.The museum is a short walking distance from the old Draper's guild, part of Museum De Lakenhal (Dutch for Cloth Hall) today.History of the buildingLocated on a spot which had always been used as a laborer's home, the house fell almost victim to a great plan to modernize the city in the 1960s . It was never granted the rijksmonument status.In the 1970s it attracted the attention of a small group of local historians and they formed Het Kleine Leidse Woonhuis in 1976 to save small old buildings in Leiden such as this one. The building was consolidated as a house in a neck-gable style around 1900. The mostly intact interior reflects living arrangements for workers in the early 20th-century in Leiden. An original cellar exists under the house and parts of the interior date back to the 17th-century.Today it is part of a group of small houses in a neighborhood of mostly cement and modern brick constructions from the 1960s and 1970s.
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  • Housed in an old originally built 1600's home of weavers the museum is small an unpretentious. The house is maintained in a more rustic state reminiscent of the age and period and contains looms and.....  more
    Housed in an old originally built 1600's home of weavers the museum is small an unpretentious. The house is maintained in a more rustic state reminiscent of the age and period and contains looms and.....  more »
  • it is a very small museum, there was a woman working in the first room. she led us in and we could look in the rest of the rooms. if you are in the area, go there, otherwise you have to decide if its....  more
    it is a very small museum, there was a woman working in the first room. she led us in and we could look in the rest of the rooms. if you are in the area, go there, otherwise you have to decide if its....  more »
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  • Simple but nice museum illustrating a weavers home from the mid 1500's. It has a feel of the period with work, kitchen and sleeping areas being exhibited with many years of use rather than freshly painted and spruced up. Besides looms and other materials depicting the weaving process the contemporary weaver exhibits added a fresh colorful ambience to the site. We were welcome by two very friendly weavers one whose art works were on display and one a local fiber artist. Very worth a visit.
  • I was told sooo much about the Livestyle and the architecture of the house even though it was completely free. I really liked it there, the atmosphere was good, just a few people were there. It was really cool to try weaving on one of the looms there. The art exhibit of felted sculptures was a little scary, but for my taste also great to see how detailed one can make such art.

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