Musee Du CompagnonnageCurrently Closed
- Address: 8 Rue Nationale, 37000 Tours, France
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +33-247216220
- Ticket Price: 30 EUR
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Art Museum, Museum, History Museum, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Arts And Crafts, Exhibition
Musee Du Compagnonnage - Review
The Musee du Compagnonnage or the Guild Museum is a municipal museum in Tours that is located in cloisters of the 13th century abbey of Saint Julian. The collection in this museum is dedicated to the Compagnonnage (Companions of the Tour de France), which was an apprenticeship-cum-trade-union system dating back from the Middle Ages. The must-see exhibits at the museum are:
- A variety of historical and contemporary craft items.
- Rare documents.
- Prestigious projects related to the Companions of the Tour de France.
These exhibits reflect the brilliant skills and craftsmanship of the artisans of the guild. However, all the information and the explanations inside the museum are written in French, hence it becomes difficult to understand the history behind the artefacts if you do not have a grasp of the language.
You can also buy many books on the Companionship and the trade guilds, postcards and souvenirs from the gift shop located inside the museum.
Musee Du Compagnonnage Information
- Pets are not allowed inside the museum.
- Only photographs without flash shots are allowed inside the museum.
- The last time for entry into the museum is half an hour before the closing.
Musee Du Compagnonnage Ticket Prices
- Children over 12 years, college students, high school students.
- People over 65 years
Loyalty card: € 9.00
- Give free access to the museum and animations for a year.
Multi-visit Card: € 8.00
- Valid for admission to the four major museums in the ity of Tours.
- Children under 12 years
- Students holders of PCE
- Tourist Guides
- People seeking jobs
- Apprentices, aspirants and companions of the three companies compagnonniques the Tour de France
Restaurants Near Musee Du Compagnonnage
- Le Laurenty
- Les Farfadets
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Musee Du Compagnonnage, Tours Reviews
Interesting to look at the displays of work, but it was all in French only, so i couldn't learn much from the museum.
For anyone who has any appreciation of craftsmanship, this exibition will blow your mind! The venue was under renovation when we went in September 2017, and involved climbing stairs constructed on scaffolding, tucked away behind the church. I am disabled, so this would not normally have been an option for me, but I was so determined to see it that I crawled up the steps, and shimmied back down on my nether regions! It was well worth the struggle to see the incredible work done by trainee craftsmen, possibly as exhibit-pieces for entry into the upper eschelons of Master Craftsmen. The pieces displayed cannot be described just as 'models', but more as 'miniatures' - perfect, tiny works of art in wood, stone, leather, icing, dough, plaster,.....from church spires to shoes to staircases. Sometimes, a drawing just isn't enough to convey an idea nor image, and building a church from written instructions isn't an option - especially if the client is 50 miles away? So these were portable 'samples', made before the days of electric tools and computer measurements - true Master Crafts!
If you like crafts and craftsmanship this is the place to go
Very nice displays but only in French language.
Some good displays about how the guilds began and examples of the crafts.