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Musee du Compagnonnage

8 Rue Nationale, 37000 Tours, France
+33 (0)2 47 21 62 20
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Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Tours
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The quality of the work is outstanding. Even if your French is bad like mine you will appreciate quality work.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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180 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Musée du Compagnonnage is housed in the former Abbey of Saint-Julien de Tours and exhibits a range of truly remarkable collections. The museum showcases crafts guilds and showcases the skills and brilliance of craftspeople of the area. Here's a quote from the museum website which gives a flavor of what to expect : " Collective masterpieces from the 19th... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
35 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

This was an interesting little museum with a lot of unusual displays. The whole place needs a bit of a revamp with some displays aged and others hanging on for dear life. If you can speak/read French I am sure you could spend a long time but being an English speaker it was a quick visit. The only thing in... More

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Cravant, France
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

To say this is a museum dedicated to Trade Guilds, sounds rather dry and uninspiring. On entering, the scrolled plaques that adorn the walls, probably encourage the same thoughts. However the Musée du Compagnonnage proves to be a superb monument to top-flight craftsmanship, both from the past and the present. A walk through the history of the earliest guilds to... More

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Arlington, VA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

After spendings many hours visiting art museums, this was a welcome change. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is a museum of exceptional crafts as it relates to the guilds. I liked it. It was different - a chance to appreciate something other than paintings. The skills required for each of the crafts was fascinating in light of the times... More

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Tours, France
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Although slightly dated, this is an exceptional exhibit of works presented by "graduating" members from guilds as diverse as "Boulangerie" and upholstering!

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Frederick, Maryland
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16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

A collection of craftsmen's examples of their best work. These sometimes tend to the wierd. Interesting if you are not too busy.

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New Zealand
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This would be a great place to take the kids (if they speak French) on a wet afternoon, and there were plenty of kids visiting on the day I went and they were having fun with a treasure hunt. However, the displays are just not that interesting for an adult. I can't say that I found anything very interesting or... More

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Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is a great museum, very different and a history of the guilds and their strive for excellence in France. Well worth the visit

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Tours, France
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I passed by the display window for this museum several times before actually going in, and was so glad I finally did. I didn't allow quite enough time to see everything, so plan to go back with my adult daughter who enjoys off-beat museums.

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