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Musee du Compagnonnage

Opens in 20 min: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An unusual and very interesting museum

How lovely to see examples of many trades and to learn about the skills involved with them. There... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Loches, France
Museum of Guilds

It is a unique museum. There are a huge variety of objects from many professionals. Some of... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How lovely to see examples of many trades and to learn about the skills involved with them. There is a lot packed into this place and we found it very interesting to see examples of roof-building, shoe-making, grand staircases and much, much more. Well worth...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2018

It is a unique museum. There are a huge variety of objects from many professionals. Some of them from wood or metal are real masterpieces of art.

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Reviewed 20 July 2018

This museum will be one of my treasured memories of Tours. I took over 50 photos of some of the most interesting pieces of craftsmanship I have ever found. The story of the compagnonnage was wonderfully showcased and I have recommended this as an absolute...More

1  Thank Jencraft
Reviewed 20 June 2018

This is a museum of craftsmanship! Masters of various trades, some now historical relics, are represented here - timber framing, blacksmithing, cobblery, knotting, etc. Very fascinating insight!

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

This museum presents a fascinating part of French history I hadn’t heard much about before - their trade guilds. It is obvious from the museum that the tradespeople took great pride in their work. The museum is cluttered but organised. They have an English guide...More

3  Thank Hannah P
Reviewed 26 May 2018

"Compagnonnage" refers to an apprentice-type association of craftspeople, and we spent an hour totally engrossed in the variety and complexity of guild-level crafts and art objects. Would recommend this museum for something a little different.

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

and so full of items that claustrophobia sets in immediately. But this miniature museum is so full of everything that eye fatigue sets in quite quickly. The artisans of yester-year had to make mock-ups of their projects to precise calculations and here they are. So...More

1  Thank steve13875
Reviewed 19 November 2017

This Museum sets out the history of the trade guilds in the region form early times to the present. It has superb displays of articles made by various craftsmen to qualify as a Master - some of these took thousands of hours of work. Beautiful...More

1  Thank 06D123
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Principle reason for visiting Tours on the way South, firstly it was a real s*d to find, the address we had was sufficiently vague to be nearly useless, it is in an addition to the church going through renovation, and is almost hidden behind building...More

2  Thank William W
Reviewed 24 August 2017

The museum is undergoing some renovation and is a little awkward to find. But the displays are terrific. The finished work of many different artisans are displayed here, from woodworking, culinary, leather and steel. It is amazing how intricate and detailed some craftsmen make their...More

2  Thank Alexandra T
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