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Host :
SAS au capital de 10 059 500 €
RCS Lille Métropole 424 761 419 00045
Siège social : 2 rue Kellermann - 59100 Roubaix - France.

Owner :
AVESTA GROUP LLC 
114 COLLINS STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94 118 - USA.

Publication director :
Paul Alezraa.

Mother-of-Pearl Museum (Musée de la nacre)

Méru, France

Maintaining an inheritance of more than 400 years old

Housed in a former factory of the 19th century, The Mother-of-Pearl Museum of Méru strives to maintain a once thriving local craft set to disappear. From the 17th century, peasants in the surrounding countryside produced Tablet-making’s objects at home during winter months, this season being fruitless for agriculture.

They worked on natural materials such as mother of pearl, bones, ivory, tortoiseshell and ebony. Thus they made luxurious objects such as fans, dance cards or more useful items like buttons or dominoes.

History of the museum

In the seventies, a small group of people caring of local history, aware of the coming disappearance of the Tablet-making, began to think of establishing a museum. They were rapidly joined by several associations concerned with culture. Together, they saved a great number of machines and items sprung from this traditional industry.

The project of museum took concrete form in 1992 with the founding of the District des Sablons (Today: Communauté de Communes des Sablons).

With the support of the region, of the State and of the department, in 1999 the Mother of Pearl Museum is established after three years of construction work.