Tours Museums Walk (Self Guided), Tours

Tours is one of France’s great historical centres, as shown by its wide range of museums that tell the fascinating story of the country’s long history. Take our tour to see the most interesting collections.
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Tours Museums Walk Map

Guide Name: Tours Museums Walk
Guide Location: France » Tours (See other walking tours in Tours)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Le Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle
  • Musée de l'Hôtel Gouin
  • Le Musée du Compagnonnage
  • Château de Tours
  • Le Musée des Beaux-Arts
Le Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

1) Le Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

Located in the Old Town Tours, the Natural History Museum specializes in preserving and exhibiting the unique flora and fauna of the Loire region. The centre also hosts rotating exhibitions and scientific conferences.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 12 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 2 pm - 6 pm
Musée de l'Hôtel Gouin

2) Musée de l'Hôtel Gouin

This townhouse is a classic example of a Renaissance building, as shown by the beautiful carvings on its magnificent façade. Inside, the Museum of the Archaeological Society of Touraine presents a wide variety of collections ranging from prehistory to the 18th Century.
Le Musée du Compagnonnage

3) Le Musée du Compagnonnage (must see)

This museum preserves the history of 30 different trade guilds, including many different objects these groups created from the 18th Century onwards. A lock with traps and secrets, a miniature park, a castle made by cut slate and a giant pair of carved hooves are just some of the more unusual pieces you can see here. Paintings and lithographs, ritual objects, tools and much more can be found within the halls of this very interesting museum.

Operation hours: September 16 - June 15: Wednesday - Monday: 9 am - 12:30 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm; June 16 - September 15: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 12:30 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm
Château de Tours

4) Château de Tours

The Château de Tours, is a castle built in the 11th century, the building displayed an architecture of the Carolingian period, and was the residence of the Lords of France.

Until the 2000s, the Royal Castle of Tours was used as an aquarium where about 1,500 fish of 200 different species could be seen. It also served as Grévin museum. The castle was classified as monument historique on 20 August 1913.

Currently, the building houses contemporary exhibitions of paintings and photographs, including works by Joan Miró, Daniel Buren, Nadar, and the workshop of Tours history where archeological and historical documents, models, audio-visual films on the history of Tours etc are shown.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Le Musée des Beaux-Arts

5) Le Musée des Beaux-Arts (must see)

The Musée des beaux-arts de Tours is located in the bishop's former palace, near the cathedral St. Gatien, where it has been since 1910. It displays rich and varied collections, including that of painting which is one of the first in France both in quality and the diversity of the works presented.

In the courtyard, there are a magnificent cedar of Lebanon and stuffed elephant in a building in front of the museum. This elephant was killed for madness during a circus parade "Barnum & Bailey" in the streets of Tours on 10 June 1902.

The museum gets over 12,000 works but only 1,000 are shows to the public. On the ground floor, the museum has a room especially dedicated to Tours art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

The monument has been classified as monument historique on 27 June 1983.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 12:45 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Tours, France

Create Your Own Walk in Tours

Create Your Own Walk in Tours

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tours is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cultural Venus

Cultural Venus

Tours is home to a thriving cultural life. The town’s many interesting venues offer a large spectrum of performances, exhibitions and festivals. Take our tour to see all the best cultural spots in Tours.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

In Tours there are several notable places of worship that pay testament to the rich history and spiritual life of the town. Take our tour to visit the most interesting places of worship in Tours.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Tours Introduction Walking Tour

Tours Introduction Walking Tour

Declared a “City of Art and History” more than 20 years ago, Tours stays true to its title boasting rich cultural and historic heritage dating all the way back to the second century BC. Stately architecture complete with beautiful gardens await visitors coming to the city. See all these on this orientation walk and enjoy your time in Tours.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Tours Old Town Walk

Tours Old Town Walk

The city of Tours has successfully preserved much of its medieval and Renaissance heritage. Most of these historic buildings and other sights are concentrated in the ancient village of Chateauneuf, now known as the Quartier Plumereau. Take our tour to see the best sights in this amazing area.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles