“Compagnonnage” Museum – Trade guilds’ History and Masterpieces

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    Located in the former Saint-Julien abbey (12th century), this “museum of beautiful works” houses a collection of over 400 masterpieces produced by the trade guild journeymen of France, in order to demonstrate their mastery of their craft. An exceptional wrought iron gate took 14 years to make! A listed “Musée de France”, this educational museum also presents over 300 tools and a wealth of illustrations depicting the history of the trade guild journeymen and their current organisation.

    This museum evokes the expertise and traditions of the "Compagnons du Tour de France". These craftsmen grouped into associations since the Middle Ages today continue to dispense professional and moral education to young workers in a variety of trades (carpenters, stonemasons, locksmiths, bakers, etc). This museum displays technical masterpieces and objects relating to the traditions of the Compagnons (canes, china jugs, trap locks, ribbons...), tools, prints, archives and souvenirs. Several hundred pieces are exhibited. These rare, unusual collections come from the Compagnons of the Tours area but also from all over France, giving a national character to this museum, housed since 1968 in the former St Julien Abbey.

    Spoken languages ​​:French, English
    Languages ​​documentation:French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
    Visiting languages:French
    Home groups:yes
    Information panel :French English German Spanish Japanese Dutch

    Full adult price : 5,80 €

    Discount rate : 4,00 €

    Group rate : 4,00 €

    Annual subscription pass : 15,00 €

    Child rate : 4,00 €

    Means of payment

    • Carte bleue
    • Postal or bank cheques
    • Holiday vouchers
    • Cash
    • Eurocard - Mastercard
    • Money transfer
    • Visa

    Period (s)MorningAfternoonOpening dayClosing day
    16/09/2019 - 31/12/201909:00 - 12:3014:00 - 18:00Tuesday
    02/01/2020 - 31/12/2020 - -

    Individual visits

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    Guided tour (permanence):no
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    Duration of the visit:01:00
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    Group tours

    Free visit (permanence):yes
    Free visit (request):yes
    Guided tour (permanence):yes
    Guided tour (request):yes
    Duration of the visit:01:30
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    • Specific theme activities
    • Junior workshop
    • Conferences
    • Temporary exhibitions
    • Library
    • Shop

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