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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 #3 of 20 Attractions in Tours
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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NSW
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I'm sure this was interesting if you understood french. This would be at the bottom of my list of things to do in Tours

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

The quality of some of the exhibits are breathtaking, others even when not to our taste were still worthy of admiration. Our only criticism is that all of the information and explanations are only available in French which limited our understanding of the history and level of commitment some of the artisans had shown. Overall a delightful place, any one... More

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Tours - France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This museum is dedicated to the "compagnons". They have to become a master to make a "chef d'œuvre" (master of piece). The museum show these work of art. Absolutly incredible.

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Armidale
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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182 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 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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25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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
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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 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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