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Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensee Ouvriere

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Address: 7 rue de la Trinite, 10000, Troyes, France
Phone Number: +33 3 25 73 28 26
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Created by Paul Feller s.J., A forward-looking Jesuit priest, the MOPO is...

Created by Paul Feller s.J., A forward-looking Jesuit priest, the MOPO is dedicated to the passing on of knowledge and the promotion of apprenticeship.

The museum boasts a collection of more than 10 000 tools distributed across 61 display cases in a remarkable scenography. At least as many beautiful tools are carefully stored in the museum's reserves.

The contemporary power of the scenography adds to the story and power of each tool, painstakingly brought back to life.

A place dedicated to the passing on of knowledge

The 10 000 tools on show at the MOPO are unique witnesses of the intergenerational transfer of craftsmen. They invite the visitor to embark on a historic journey and are key to understanding trades today.

A unique example in its kind, the MOPO is an open window on past and present trades, for all those who are interested in craft trades as well as in industrial technologies, in history as well as in trades.

Through a rich programme constantly renewed, the MOPO highlights craftsmen and craftswomen, emphasising their knowledge, expertise and life-skills.

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Fascinating

Really interesting and beautifully displayed. Even kept the interest of our 14 year old boy. The building was also very attractive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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North Yorks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Really interesting and beautifully displayed. Even kept the interest of our 14 year old boy. The building was also very attractive.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

This was a surprise, even after knowing that there are 30K tools. The displays are on two floors a bit on the main floor. Take the self guide as it provides a lot of useful information. The tools are grouped by trade and then some are explained in the guide along with a bit on what or how things are... More 

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Troyes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

I have a personal interest in this review as several years ago I translated the museum's catalogue. Locals agree that it's one of the finest courtyards in Troyes. Each of the tools you see inside is placed in a position as though an invisible hand was holding it whilst working. You can see tools from long disappeared crafts and some... More 

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

The tool museum was such a great surprise. The imaginative displays and layouts of every imaginable tool was so creative and easy to see and read that even if you aren't interested in axes and planes, needles and spades, knives and forks, you can't be anything but impressed. The museum is housed in a wonderful medieval building that itself is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

One for the specialist, but if you are interested in traditional crafts, this is a place not to be missed. Also an excellent bookshop. There are extensive collections of the tools and products of every imaginable craft. To fully appreciate the magic of the place, though, you have to be able to read French. There are many lengthy quotations from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I wasn't prepared for the artistic and creative ways the tools were displayed. Even if you aren't a tool geek, you will be fascinated by the way the displays are created. There is an excellent audio tour in English.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Exhibition gives you a real feel for the craftmanship that existing in Troyes over the centuries with an incredible display of tools and equipment it is amazing that thye have such a vast amount. The display is over 3 floors and if your interested in the old ways of manufacture well worth a visit

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The building itself was beautiful! Inside there was an overwhelming variety of tools, it was incredible to think how much they have created together and with how much love and attention! The displays were beautifully laid out and the individual tools were gorgeous too. Walking through the museum I learnt so much about the history of numerous trades and the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If you like tools or curious about them this is a kool and interesting place. The displays are very well done!

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This had been on my husbands to do list for quite some time, so we made the journey to Troyes to visit this unique museum. The displays were amazing and so well done. Congratulations to the Exhibition crew that set it all out. Staff at reception were also very good and we were able to converse in English with one... More 

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