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Musée du Compagnonnage

To discover during your stay in Tours, the Musée du Compagnonnage.

Take advantage of the beautiful location of our hotel in downtown Tours to discover the Musée du Compagnonnage located only 2 km from the Best Western Plus L'Artist Hotel.

A unique museum in the world

Archives, iconography, tools and masterpieces of the companions of the Tour de France since 1840, the Musée du Compagnonnage in Tours is a unique museum in the world!

Municipal and classified as a « Musée de France », the Musée du Compagnonnage is housed in the monks' dormitory and in the hospitality room of the former Saint-Julien Abbey in Tours and presents exceptional collections. Collective masterpieces from the 19th century, masterpieces of patience, the masterpieces that are executed for the reception, but also the attributes of the Compagnons (canes, gourds, colours), souvenir paintings, tools, archives, the traditions and works of the Compagnons of the Tour de France, from their origins to the present day are represented.

Visit the Musée du Compagnonnage entirely dedicated to the Compagnonnage companies such as the Compagnons du Devoir workers' association. The museum houses a rich collection of masterpieces as well as the companionship attributes, souvenirs, historical and varied archives of the journeymen carpenters, roofers, stonemasons, carpenters, locksmiths, shoemakers, boot makers.

On your journey, you will find all the current or disappeared trades of the Compagnonnage from the building trades, leather, iron to the food trades.

Periodic events, exhibitions, themed tours and activities for children are offered at the museum.

The Compagnonnage is listed by UNESCO as part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Opening hours:
  • Open every day, except Tuesdays, from 16/09 to 15/06, from 9am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 6pm.
  • Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 14 July, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December.

  • Entrance: 5,80€
  • Reduced rate: 4 €

Musée du Compagnonnage
8 rue Nationale
37000 Tours

More information on the website of the Musée du Compagnonnage.
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Dear Customers,
Following the national lockdown announcement end of October 2020, the hotel is open some days of the week; unfortunately, we are not able to open every day of the week.
You will find more details to see which weeks we are open by checking on our information page whose link is at the end of the message or by calling us.

Everything is done to make your stay as pleasant as possible under the current conditions: a few dinner options and an à la carte breakfast served in your room.

We have worked hard and are trained on our new health and cleaning protocols in order to welcome you in the best possible conditions.
Due to these new health and safety measures, we inform you we had to modify some of our services.

You will find more information on our page, « Our health measures for a relaxing stay » which you can find in the section « Relaxing time at the hotel ».

We hope to see you again soon in our hotel!

The BW Plus L’Artist team