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Musee Secq des Tournelles

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Address: 2, Rue Jacques Villon, 76000 Rouen, France
Phone Number: 33 2 35 71 28 40
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2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Off-Beat, But Really Cool and a Lot of Fun

This museum is a blast. The Museum of Iron Works is housed in a former Gothic church behind the Musee des Beaux-Arts about halfway between the center of town and the train... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
Chesterland, Ohio
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Chesterland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This museum is a blast. The Museum of Iron Works is housed in a former Gothic church behind the Musee des Beaux-Arts about halfway between the center of town and the train station. The sign outside (made of metal, of course) is in French (“Musee de la Tournelles”), named after the primary donor of the objects inside. An alternative title... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There is an amazing variety of things to see here, almost too much. Keys and locks abound dating back many centuries. My wife thought that a massive heavy chopping device was for docking horses' tails - I didn't enlighten her though it was to do with our equine friends. A bargain visit at €3 BUT why oh why was there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

If it can be made of iron, and is smaller than a car, you'll find it in this converted church just down the street from the Museum of Fine Arts. Most of it is ancient and understandably specialized (e.g., ancient corkscrews, surgical instruments, locks, pistols, gates etc. elegantly displayed). Your ticket is good also at the Fine Arts Museum and... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is for people who have extra time after covering the more well known sites. It has an unusual collection consisting of a wide assortment of cast iron objects from door knockers to medical instruments. A little on the oddball side but worth a look if you've got 30 - 60 minutes to spare.

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Oyster Bay Cove
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We had read and were told by a friend that this was not to be missed when in Rouen. We only had a few hours and when we arrived the museum was closed until two. We were to leave at three but an hour was enough time to enjoy this delightful informative museum. It is housed in a deconsecrated church... More 

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Greater London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

This part of the Museum, which is housed in a converted church, offers an amazing collection of practical everyday items that one simply can't help but Marvel over the intricacy of craftsmanship which has gone into their design and manufacture. there really is something for everyone including locks, keys, medical instruments, cutlery, ironmongery, household tools, hair brushes and combs, furniture,... More 

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New York NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a fantastic place, especially since it rather takes you by surprise. It is a collection of wrought iron pieces -- door knockers, grillwork, keys, hinges, tools, kitchen utensils, signs, and dozens of other objects -- many from medieval times. Many of them are as beautiful as they were functional, and all are distinctive. It is a nice change... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a wrought iron museum that occupies an old church. There are all kinds of iron items inside here from keys and padlock, to wall coverings, spiral staircase rail, a bed, lamps, tools, and more. I was very impressed with this collection and I would not hesitate to visit again. Very interesting, takes about an 1 to 1.5 hours.... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Fascinating collection of ironwork, beautifully displayed in an old church. It is impressive how attractive the pieces are and how well the three dimensional aspects are used to full advantage

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Mertztown, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Stumbled on it almost by accident, but was helped by a favorable review in a tour guide. Then proceeded to be totally entertained by the amount of stuff and the amazing detail covering centuries of wrought iron work. I guarantee that you'll find the place extremely interesting. The setting in an old church is pretty neat too.

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