Tours Museums Walk, 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: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: Linda
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Le Musée Saint-Martin

1) Le Musée Saint-Martin (must see)

Editor's note: The museum is closed for renovation until 2016.

Established in 1990, the Museum of Saint-Martin is housed in the old chapel of Saint-Jean. The museum preserves the important archaeological remains of historical basilicas that once graced the town. Its collection also includes texts, maps and illustrations among many other interesting...   view more
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Le Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

2) 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...   view more
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Musée de l'Hôtel Gouin

3) Musée de l'Hôtel Gouin

Editor's note: The museum is closed for refurbishment until April 2015.

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...   view more
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Le Musée des Vins de Touraine

4) Le Musée des Vins de Touraine

Located in the cellars of Saint-Julien Church, this regional wine museum gives a fascinating overview of this very important industry. Visitors can learn about the different wine traditions of Touraine, as well as see some wonderful collections of ceramics, glassware and silverware.

Operation hours: Friday - Sunday: 9 am - 12:30 pm; 2 pm - 6...   view more
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Le Musée du Compagnonnage

5) 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 -...   view more
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Le Musée des Beaux-Arts

6) 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...   view more
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.
Tours Nightlife Walk

Tours Nightlife Walk

Tours is a beautiful and lively city at night, when you can find lots of places to relax, drink a beer or dance the night away. Take our tour to find the best bars and nightclubs in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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
Tours Churches Walk

Tours Churches Walk

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
Tours Cultural Walk

Tours Cultural Walk

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