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Musee du Compagnonnage

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Address: 8 rue Nationale, 37000, Tours, France
Phone Number:
+33 2 47 21 62 20
09:00 - 12:30
14:00 - 18:00
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14:00 - 18:00

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History of Master Craftsmanship

After visiting one after another cathedrals and chateaux, this museum intrigues different intellectual curiosities. It involves the designs and craftsmanship of the making of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

After visiting one after another cathedrals and chateaux, this museum intrigues different intellectual curiosities. It involves the designs and craftsmanship of the making of the cathedrals and chateaux, as well as the things inside of them and much more. Although it is hard to comprehend all the different areas of craftsmanship, the models, tools and drawings on display provide a... More 

1 Thank Waverunner2012
Peachland, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

This museum will not be for everyone but I am interested in French history and this is one of the most fascinating museums I have ever visited. The Compagnons du Devoir is a very old worker's movement, more or less unique to France. It was somewhat similar to a guild, but much more than a guild. I think the best... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

From the reviews, I thought I was really going to enjoy this quirky museum. Don't get me wrong, it's fun - but rather repetitive. There are some fabulous models - I found the ones of complex angled stone arches mesmerising - but there's an awful lot of heavy dark wood about and a slightly disquieting feeling of resistance to progress... More 

1 Thank David E
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

This is a museum for guilds. So will find shoes to iron work to building and believe it or not cakes. It is quite interesting for the master craft work and history. It is worth a visit.

Thank Linda S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

This museum of masterpieces from the various craft-guilds of Tours is filled with all manner of peculiar curios. From massive model towers build to showcase a carpenter's handiwork, to finely detailed iron cabinets or lock mechanisms, to elaborate sugarcraft castles and monuments, there are plenty of things worth goggling at. Most of the description is in French but there is... More 

1 Thank MZeller-Jacques
South West England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

If not for Tripadvisor we would not have found this wonderful museum. It's hidden away down by the river a stone's throw from the heart of the city but not really signposted. It's full of the weird and wonderful, made all the more so by the lack ofany English translations. Pagodas made out of chocolate coloured icing, twisted and knotted... More 

1 Thank AGuide
Quillan, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Very interesting museum with Masterpieces of very skilled Craftmen. We enjoyed it very much and recommand a visit

Thank Annemie S
Tours, Centre, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

This museum was a great surprise! It's actually been 5 years I'm living in Tours and I never took time to go there. This museum is insane, honsetly if you want to see what patience is, just go, amazing pieces of work in lots of different fields.

Thank Benjamin B
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

This museum is absolutely unique! I have never seen anything remotely like it: case after case containing exceptional works of craftsmanship. There were four of us and we went round the museum twice and even went back again the next day. Also have to say thanks to Patrick on reception for his very warm welcome and providing extra information about... More 

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Perth Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

This museum is looking at the history of craftsmen and women over the years and the setting up of the Guilds in France. It was informative and the exhibits are very skilful.

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