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
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 artifacts.
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 pm
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 Century.
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 pm
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 - 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
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 & 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 Friday from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm

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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 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 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
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
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 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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tours for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tours has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tours, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.