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“My favourite museum in Troyes”

Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensee Ouvriere
Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Troyes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Troyes, France
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“My favourite museum in Troyes”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The courtyard has to be one of the best in the town. The number and types of tools from many now extinct trades can overwhelm. (I went grey translating their catalogue.) A concise guide is needed to pick out the essentials. This is of course a picky tour guide speaking. It should be enjoyed for the great layout where each tool is displayed in the position of use. It's great to see some common tools that I know my father used. A must.

Visited August 2013
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Loughborough, UK
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“Very Interesting”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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“Very fascinating, great english voice-guides”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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