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Maison de l'Outil et de La Pensée Ouvrière

Troyes | Industry
€3.5 - €7
In 1966, the City of Troyes acquired the Hôtel de Mauroy, built around 1560, and entrusted it to the Compagnons du Devoir, who restored it magnificently and set up the House of Tool and Worker's Thought. It houses a collection of tools of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries exceptional in its richness and diversity.

Created under the leadership of Father Paul Feller (1913-1979), the House of the Tool has become the largest museum of hand-shaping tools in the world, for the quality, quantity and completeness of the tools presented , but also for the unique, timeless scenography, which transforms it into "Louvre of the Worker".

The tools presented come from all regions of France. They were originally collected by Father Paul Feller from 1958 to 1978. Since the Companions have continued to enrich it. The House of the Tool and Worker's Thought has been designed to offer the visitor a complete overview of some 60 major traditional trades: stonemason, farrier, boilermaker, cooper, clog maker, tailer ... showcases are developed around a single type of tool, either according to their function or represent a collection of all the tools specific to a profession. The tool is always highlighted in all its forms to understand at best all its technicality and its use.

The library of 32,000 books, of which two-thirds concern manual crafts, contains a Vitruvius of 1572, and the Encyclopedia of Diderot and Alembert in its first edition (35 volumes).

The House of the Tool and the Workers' Thought also reserves some surprises to its visitors. Indeed, it has been equipped with olfactory diffusers in some rooms of the museum. In this way, in front of the showcases, the smells plunge us even deeper into the universe of the profession concerned. By awakening our senses, the collection comes back to life and the tools can tell us their story.

10:00 - 18:00

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Contact details

  • Name: Maison de l'Outil et de La Pensée Ouvrière
  • Address: 7, rue de La Trinité - 10000 - Troyes - France
  • Phone: (33) 03 25 73 28 26


Centre de ressources
Location de salles


Exposition, Visite guidée, Conférence

Getting there

  • By bus : lignes n°1, 4, 5, 6
  • By train : gare de Troyes
  • By car : A5, Troyes, Chaumont, Dijon

Peter Hullah