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“A gem of a museum in old Rouen.”

Musee Secq des Tournelles
Ranked #17 of 80 things to do in Rouen
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

This little-known museum is housed in a de-consecrated Church and displays an exceptional array of antique ironwork. There are intricate 18th century wrought iron shop ensigns that hang from brackets; there are wonderful kitchen utensils, elaborate locks and keys - but the thing that most fascinated me was the cast iron jewellery . Who would have said that cast iron could be used to make such delicate objects? Apparently, during the Franco-Prussian war (in about 1870) the French State asked wealthy patriots to donate valuables to the war effort. The elaborate cast iron necklaces, ear rings, broaches and tiaras on display are exact copies of the original, donated pieces. Imagine how patriotic it would have been to have gone to the Opera in a cast iron tiara, collier and ear rings!

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Reviewed 4 January 2013

Located just behind the Beaux Arts museum, this collection of items made of iron was interesting because of the variety. I especially liked all the old signs hanging along the bottom of the gallery; they were used extensively before people became literate. Loved the old church housing the collection, too.

1  Thank Vera P
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Ferronnerie, a unique experience among the many wonderful art and architecture museums in the region. On display were works tiny and large, crafted in iron, ranging from door knockers, kitchenware, surgical tools, gates and grates. How did they do this without our modern tools and technology??!!

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Reviewed 5 August 2012

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Rouen. My husband is a great sport but after our umpteeth chuch visit he said "Can't we go someplace else?" Well, this museum IS in an old church, so everyone was happy! Truly fascinating, we both enjoyed it. Everything you could ever think of that was made of iron...they have it hear, all beautifully displayed.

2  Thank Susanbunny_8
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

great setting. nice museum. no torture implements as indicated by our guide book. made us want to take up welding and/or blacksmithing.

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