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Musee du Compagnonnage

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Address: 8 Rue Nationale, 37000 Tours, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)2 47 21 62 20
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Amazing masterpieces all handmade

In order to join a guild and to become a "compagnon", the artisan has to create a masterpiece to demonstrate his competence within a particular trade. The masterpiece was then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
Patrice_VDD
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Ghent, Belgium
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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

In order to join a guild and to become a "compagnon", the artisan has to create a masterpiece to demonstrate his competence within a particular trade. The masterpiece was then reviewed by his peers. Unbelievable work, incredibible time to make them. Really nice to visit if you like handcraft and disappeared trades.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I like this place mostly because there's a five-foot tall Japanese pagoda made entirely of sugar and toffee. But of course it's more than that - a great display of works of art by French craftsmen, along with the history of Compagnonnage (think Freemasons, or Stonecutters if you're a Simpsons fan). Four stars and not five because the price of... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We spent 2 weeks in the Tours area and this was one site that we could have definitely lived without. The displays are boring and out-of-date and the staff is not engaging.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Quite interesting, but more for the mushroom specialist. Displays are a bit old fashioned and were largely invisble due to moisture build up in the cabinets. Most of the mushrooms are imbedded in resin and there is some useful and interesting signeage. I found the production site more interesting as you walkl amongst the benches and wood stumps where the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We had an interesting visit here but our French was not up to reading the labels - so we just looked and admired the skills of the craftspeople. Very friendly staff. If you have a nod to the British guilds then it will mean at least something to you.

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NSW
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Musee du Compagnonnage

Address: 8 Rue Nationale, 37000 Tours, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)2 47 21 62 20
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Centre  >  Loire Valley  >  Tours
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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