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Musee du Compagnonnage

8 rue Nationale, 37000, Tours, France
+33 2 47 21 62 20
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Wonderful little museum

This Museum sets out the history of the trade guilds in the region form early times to the present... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
A Surprise worth seeing

Principle reason for visiting Tours on the way South, firstly it was a real s*d to find, the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
William W
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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8 rue Nationale, 37000, Tours, France
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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

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

1  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

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is also a place I first visited 30 years ago. It was good to go back and see the beautiful models made by apprentices and master craftsmen of the past. I had also forgotten about the history of guilds that are on show. A...More

Thank Heloise8
Reviewed 25 April 2017

The Musée du Compagnonnage focuses on the Compagnons, or members of artisans' guilds and social clubs, that have existed in France since the early modern era. As the museum explains, the guilds are the forerunners of modern-day unions. The history of the guilds is quite...More

Thank Thea F
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...More

2  Thank Waverunner2012
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...More

5  Thank FormerlyBCBoy3
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...More

1  Thank David E
Reviewed 23 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
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...More

1  Thank MZeller-Jacques
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