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Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensee Ouvriere

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Address: 7 rue de la Trinite, 10000, Troyes, France
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+33 3 25 73 28 26

Created by Paul Feller s.J., A forward-looking Jesuit priest, the MOPO is...

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.

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If you are a craftsman, this is the place to see

Every kind of tool imaginable for every medieval profession. Thousands of implements for making barrels, slate shingles, butchering animals, making buttons - you name it, its... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Andy R
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Every kind of tool imaginable for every medieval profession. Thousands of implements for making barrels, slate shingles, butchering animals, making buttons - you name it, its here. An interesting old building too. You could spend hours and hours here if you were so inclined.

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Aube, France
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Very interesting,nice and clear explanations,toi many things to discover or remember.I advise you to go several Times and even with young children,grand parents would love it.

Thank Marie L
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Quite big, well designed visiting route, no going back twice, tools were catalogued logically but lack of usage display and explanation Audio guide is necessary. Plus the yard is cute. 7 euro ticket

Thank Yuki Z
North Yorks
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Really interesting and beautifully displayed. Even kept the interest of our 14 year old boy. The building was also very attractive.

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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

This was a surprise, even after knowing that there are 30K tools. The displays are on two floors a bit on the main floor. Take the self guide as it provides a lot of useful information. The tools are grouped by trade and then some are explained in the guide along with a bit on what or how things are... More 

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Troyes, France
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

I have a personal interest in this review as several years ago I translated the museum's catalogue. Locals agree that it's one of the finest courtyards in Troyes. Each of the tools you see inside is placed in a position as though an invisible hand was holding it whilst working. You can see tools from long disappeared crafts and some... More 

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MOPO3, Responsable relations publiques at Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensee Ouvriere, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We're glad to hear from a loyal follower ! More 

London, UK
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Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

The tool museum was such a great surprise. The imaginative displays and layouts of every imaginable tool was so creative and easy to see and read that even if you aren't interested in axes and planes, needles and spades, knives and forks, you can't be anything but impressed. The museum is housed in a wonderful medieval building that itself is... More 

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Reviewed 17 October 2015

One for the specialist, but if you are interested in traditional crafts, this is a place not to be missed. Also an excellent bookshop. There are extensive collections of the tools and products of every imaginable craft. To fully appreciate the magic of the place, though, you have to be able to read French. There are many lengthy quotations from... More 

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Reviewed 16 September 2015

I wasn't prepared for the artistic and creative ways the tools were displayed. Even if you aren't a tool geek, you will be fascinated by the way the displays are created. There is an excellent audio tour in English.

Thank cwgreene
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

Exhibition gives you a real feel for the craftmanship that existing in Troyes over the centuries with an incredible display of tools and equipment it is amazing that thye have such a vast amount. The display is over 3 floors and if your interested in the old ways of manufacture well worth a visit

Thank Garry M

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