Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière

Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière

Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Steve L
London, UK77 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This was left to the last day of our visit as we had an empty morning but this turned out to be far more than an afterthought. The audio guide was excellent and very necessary because the sheer volume of exhibits needed explanation. Thousands of items beautifully presented, this museum brought home the complexity and skill of the work and workmen who used the tools.
Who knew that basket weavers were also by tradition bear handlers. We spent two hours in the museum and could have done with more time
Written October 5, 2023
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Liz W
6 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Even if you don’t care much about tools (I don’t), please don’t miss this stunningly beautiful museum with its gorgeous displays. Only in France could an obsessive collection of hand-made tools be turned into art. I went on a whim and was a highlight of a visit to lovely Troyes.
Written March 10, 2023
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Frodefox
Croydon, UK165 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Set in an old building in the center of Troyes, this unique place is dedicated to the toolmakers. We are typically NOT museum-goers, but this intrigued us, and we were not disappointed. We rented the english recorded guide (easy to avigate through the displays), and we had a unique experience. The museum tells the story of toolmakers through history, with amazing displays of tools for wood-, iron-, stone-workers, starting with simple showels and spades, to more and more intricate tools for chair-makes etc. Just fascinating.
The story was told with enough facts to satisfy the nerds and enough poetry to make us understand the philosophy and feelings of these very capable people who helped the makers of beatuful objects.
Written August 14, 2013
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michaelvivian
Pontivy, France51 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
If you are interested in tools but also old buildings this is the place to go. as a previous comment said there is an absence of English translation a common fault in French Museums, but to see so many old (1700 's) tools on display is incredible.
Written July 15, 2018
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Thanks for your comment ! We are taking notes of your suggestions to always improve the visit of the museum. See you soon !
Written July 17, 2018
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tassz
Uccle, Belgium92 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
It is a must, not only with children, but also for wise aged persons :)
It provides a good overview about the working methods and tools several decades or a century ago.
Written July 10, 2022
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Talia123
Paris, France55 contributions
Jun 2021
this is an absolute must is you're in Troyes! they have an unbelievable collections of tools, equipment, and other artifacts. Super interesting and informative!
Written July 1, 2021
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Thank you for your comment, we're glad that you enjoyed your visit. See you soon for your next visit :)
Written August 30, 2021
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,030 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Pardon my French - but this wonderful house had an exhibition of a skilled glass artist called ‘Kiss my glass’.

Remember camera when visiting Maison de l’Outil...! Wauw.
Written July 29, 2018
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Thanks ! Actually, the exhibition is realised by 9 glass artists who have just get their diploma. They did an awesome work and we are glad that you enjoyed it ! Hope to see you soon for another visit :)
Written July 31, 2018
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yupoarist
Philadelphia, PA192 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
We were told by our hotel not to miss this museum. We were glad we took their advice. This museum is in an attractive old mansion and houses the best collection of antique tools we'd ever seen.

The tools have been professionally and thoughtfully displayed, showing you how and why they were used. An English language audio guide was great to use, as the written information is all in French.

Where they found some of the tools is a mystery, as there were huge numbers of each kind of tool and many of them had dates back to the 1600's carved into them.

Whether you like old tools or not, this is a must see museum. It really explains how everything was made in the days of yesteryear.
Written June 17, 2015
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Lougig
Wilson, WY3 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Very interesting museum but I wish there was reading material instead of the headset. I wanted to go at my own pace. But well worth the visit.
Written May 11, 2014
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arimaior
Loughborough, UK215 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Very interesting if you are into rural history and the making of music instruments
Special connection with the local conservatoire.
Located in a beautiful historical building.
Written August 24, 2013
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