Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière



Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière
7 rue de la Trinité
10000 TROYES

+33 (0)3 25 73 28 26

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In 1966, the City of Troyes acquired the Hôtel de Mauroy, built in about 1560, and entrusted it to the Companions of Duty who restored it magnificently and created the Centre for Tools and Worker Thought (la Maison de l’Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière). It houses a collection of tools from the 17th and 18th centuries, remarkable for its rich diversity. A collection of tools unique in the world Created with the encouragement of Father Paul Feller (1913-1979), the Tool Centre became the greatest museum of hand tools in the world, for the quality, quantity and extensive range of tools on display, but also for the unique and timeless design of the display, transforming it into the “Worker’s Louvre”. The tools on display come from all over France. They were originally collected by Father Paul Feller between 1958 and 1978. Since then, the Companions have never ceased adding to the collection. The Centre for Tools and Worker Thought has been arranged in order to offer visitors a complete panorama of the great traditional trades: stone cutter, farrier, boilermaker, cooper, clog-maker, rope-maker...Some display cases are devoted to a single type of tool: hammers, anvils, trowels, compasses, planes... Others assemble all the tools specific to a trade. The 32,000 book library, two thirds of which are to do with manual trades, includes a 1572 Vitruve, and a first edition of the Diderot and Alembert Encyclopaedia (35 volumes).OpeningsOpen from 10 am. to o6 pm. daily except Tuesday from early October through March (closed December 25 and January 1 the first week of January) From early April to early October, open daily from 10 a.m. to 06 p.m..

Last updated on 10/03/2023 - Troyes La Champagne Tourisme

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Symposia Concerts Lectures Temporary exhibitions


Access for disabled Lift Garden Microphone Paperboard Screening room Salle et matériel pour réunions Toilets Vidéo projecteur


Library Seminar Guided tours Educational visits



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Adult8 €
Other1 €
Audio-guide (fee in addition to the admission ticket)
Unemployed person4 €
Child rate4 €
Student4 €
- 12 years old and class supervisors
Group4 €
Guided visit group (per adult)95 €


Monday 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00


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