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Musée du Compagnonnage, Tours

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Located in the former Abbey of Saint-Julien de Tours, Musée du Compagnonnage presents exceptional masterpieces of the 19th century including tools, records, and traditional methods used to create works. Examine manual trades, such as woodworking, stonemasonry, metalworking, leather curing, and textile making. A contemporary exhibit includes historic and antique bicycles, as well as the history of the Tour de France race. Themed tours in English are fun for your whole family with activities for children, like contemporary crafts. Add Musée du Compagnonnage to your Tours travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tours vacation generator.
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  • The Musée du Compagnonnage focuses on the Compagnons, or members of artisans' guilds and social clubs, that have existed in France since the early modern era. As the museum explains, the guilds are th...  more »
  • After visiting one after another cathedrals and chateaux, this museum intrigues different intellectual curiosities. It involves the designs and craftsmanship of the making of the cathedrals and chatea...  more »
  • This museum will not be for everyone but I am interested in French history and this is one of the most fascinating museums I have ever visited. The Compagnons du Devoir is a very old worker's movement...  more »
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  • Really nice museum, incredible works
  • It's a small museum. If you go fast, you can see everything in ten minutes. But that would be an error. The masterpieces exposed there are really impressive if you take time to watch carefully, read the explanations and think that all was hand-made. Wooden frames, stone works, and metal works are my favorites. The design ingenious designs and crafting skills needed to accomplish the works is just out of reach for the common imagination. Also you can discover the tradition of "compagnonnage" in France.
  • Very interesting collection.
  • Hello is a place which is well to visit and be enriched for all
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  • Very nice Museum that celebrates the companions. 😊 trades
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