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Musee du Compagnonnage

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Difficult to spot the entrance, but, once in, the exhibits within are amazing. We have visited... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2019
Edna S
Broseley, United Kingdom
Interesting slice of history

very well done! An interesting presentation of skilled trades history in the region. Preserved and... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2018
Kelle S
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Reviewed 23 January 2019

Difficult to spot the entrance, but, once in, the exhibits within are amazing. We have visited several times and it is worth the return. Closes lunchtime so check the opening times. Easy access from the tram Porte de Loire stop.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Edna S
Reviewed 28 November 2018

very well done! An interesting presentation of skilled trades history in the region. Preserved and archived works of master craftsman; cobblers, bakers, metal smiths, carpenters etc. Well documented history and events of one of the first unions for skilled trades.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kelle S
Reviewed 1 November 2018

The museum had been recommended to us and what a great find - the amazing craft guilds represented here give an insight of the levels of skill of a variety of artisans from bakers to carpenters. Excellent way to spend an hour or so.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank AnnetteW259
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.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Antonis K
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Steve H
Reviewed 30 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

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank hannahsodyssey
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.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Calgirl3
Reviewed 22 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

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank steve13875
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