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The Silk Museum

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Bsous, Aley district

Bsous Silk Museum is a silk museum in the town of Bsous, near Wadi Chahrour in Lebanon, located around 15km east of Beirut. Part of the Silk Museum's permanent collection includes live silkworms. Exhibits demonstrate the process of "hatching" the silkworm, leading to the production of silk thread and weaving through all the various stages. Also on display are domestically made finished silk products, such as traditional Lebanese evening dresses and silk trousers that were worn by princesses in the 19th century. There is also has a wing dedicated to eastern silk and gold, and a wing holding the treasures of the Bags Antaki family of Aleppo, dated to the 19th century and early 20th century. 

Visitors on a tour of the museum can also see images of farmers working in the production of silk and silkworm picking and collecting. The museum regularly puts on temporary exhibitions. For instance, in the past, it has put on displays for around 6 months, typically from May to October, displaying artisanal silks and weavings from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, and private silk collections from along the Silk Road, including China, Japan and the Middle East. It has also hosted private collections of tribal costumes of Eric Boudot and Teresa Coleman. 


Opening hours
May-November: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm