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Familistere de Guise

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Address: 262 Cite Familistere Droite, 02120 Guise, France
Phone Number:
+33 3 23 61 35 36
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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A superb social experiment!

This place had been recommended to us by French friends who live in a nearby town. In the UK, we are lucky enough to be familiar with two sites where wealthy industrialists took... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
South Yorkshire, UK
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South Yorkshire, UK
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88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

This place had been recommended to us by French friends who live in a nearby town. In the UK, we are lucky enough to be familiar with two sites where wealthy industrialists took the decision to look after their workers well - George Cadbury in Bournville and Titus Salt in Saltaire. However, these men constructed villages consisting of traditional streets.... More 

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St. George, Canada
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52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We had a day with no plans and came here thanks to comments on Trip Advisor. It was certainly unexpected and very interesting. We were quite impressed with the history and the excellent way this was presented. We would certainly recommend this site.

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FamilisteredeGuise, Public Relations Manager at Familistere de Guise, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are pleased to read that you have enjoyed your "Journey in utopia". More 

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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 August 2016

We spent hours here and really didn't expect to. Very modern exhibits and interesting story. We did not do a guided tour as they are only in French but all the exhibits are labelled and explained in French and English so did not feel we were missing out. We are staying in Guise so very local but agreed it would... More 

1 Thank Rarfarr
El Dorado Hills, California
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576 reviews
233 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

It's the Wandering Yank here. Mrs. Yank and I are visiting relatives in the area, and they recommended we visit this, something I had never heard of. It's essentially the remnants of a Utopian social-industrial experiment that lasted about 100 years, which is pretty amazing when one knows that most similar initiatives failed within a few years. The complex is... More 

2 Thank Mark M
Montreal, Canada
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230 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2015

We discovered this site by chance because of a television program and what a find. A fascinating project that continued to live for decades after Jean-Baptiste André Godin, the founder, died. The whole "city" is fascinating especially the central pavilion explaining the communal way of life as well as the founder's approach, the theater, school, laundry and swimming pool and... More 

1 Thank JPGG
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203 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Very interesting - you can easily spend 4 hours there! Lot to see and to learn, and a museum that should become a reference!

Thank FloCq
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 18 June 2015 via mobile

Hang around or pay 9euros for a guided cost or visit by yourself this utopia city in the heart of Guise. Have a look a the history of la familistere on Wikipedia and enjoy yourself.

1 Thank Pete B
Beauvais, France
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182 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is quite amazing - a 19th century industrialist of modest origins who in his youth toured France and was horrified at the living and working conditions of the average factory worker. Accordingly, he vowed that if he was every in a position to employ people, he would ensure that they lived and worked in a better environment. A few... More 

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