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Musee Secq des Tournelles

2, Rue Jacques Villon, 76000 Rouen, France
33 2 35 71 28 40
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Ranked #5 of 39 Attractions in Rouen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Art Museums
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This museum is a gem, and was almost empty when we went around. It includes eras from a Viking key and Gallo-roman implements, to tons of later centuries - really wrought art and design for many parts of life. From the wonderul design and craftsmanship to the horrifying historical artifacts (the medical tools, for example), it was an easy, fascinating... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Visited here on a cold rainy august afternoon, what a surprise! Both I and my wife found this place mesmerising. The exhibits are well displayed and the setting is perfect. I’m a welder and found the range of items amazing. There's a huge selection of both practical and decorative works, and a good insight into the role that early Blacksmithing... More

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Hove, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This can be combined on one ticket with the Musee des Arts and the Ceramics. It is in an interesting former church and filled with the most extraordinary pieces of ironmongery from across the centuries. A good way to speng half and hour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This was researched by our France travel companions before arriving in Europe as my husband is an amateur blacksmith. It is quite tucked away in a little side street but not hard to find in an old 15th century? church and absolutely fascinating even for those not practicing the craft. We couldn't believe some of the items that were forged!... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This little-known museum is housed in a de-consecrated Church and displays an exceptional array of antique ironwork. There are intricate 18th century wrought iron shop ensigns that hang from brackets; there are wonderful kitchen utensils, elaborate locks and keys - but the thing that most fascinated me was the cast iron jewellery . Who would have said that cast iron... More

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48 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Located just behind the Beaux Arts museum, this collection of items made of iron was interesting because of the variety. I especially liked all the old signs hanging along the bottom of the gallery; they were used extensively before people became literate. Loved the old church housing the collection, too.

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Newport News, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Ferronnerie, a unique experience among the many wonderful art and architecture museums in the region. On display were works tiny and large, crafted in iron, ranging from door knockers, kitchenware, surgical tools, gates and grates. How did they do this without our modern tools and technology??!!

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La Verne, California
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52 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Rouen. My husband is a great sport but after our umpteeth chuch visit he said "Can't we go someplace else?" Well, this museum IS in an old church, so everyone was happy! Truly fascinating, we both enjoyed it. Everything you could ever think of that was made of iron...they have it hear,... More

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

great setting. nice museum. no torture implements as indicated by our guide book. made us want to take up welding and/or blacksmithing.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Before you came here you never knew how interesting wrought iron could be! The old church is filled with a huge variety of iron items, grouped by category and with good descriptions.

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