Artisanal France, museum at Bourges!

Once again surprise, we admit stumbled upon this museum while visiting the Cathedral St Etienne and walking around the Bishop’s garden in the back we saw it. Curiosity took us in as one cannot overlook something call the Best Artisanal or craftsmen  workers of France. One reason why we are excellence in monuments and many other things…. Welcome to Bourges, in the Cher dept 18 of the Centre Val de Loire region of my belle France.

And while here , and walking around, remember I told you about the museum of the best craftsmen of France, wonderful experience truly enjoyed by the family. Let me tell you a bit more on it ok. Hope you enjoy the post as I.


The Musée des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France at the old episcopal bishops palace and open since 1995, showcasing the best art form in France from cuisine to leather makers to wood makers craftmens that was established in France from 1924. If you want to know the French joie de vivre then come here, we all enjoy it much. At the Place Etienne Dolet just around the corner from the Cathedral!


With two exhibitions a year and a permanent one, you will plunge into a little-known world of know-how and technical challenge. Ironwork, architecture, jewelry, music, etc. A clear explanation of the competition for the Meilleur Ouvrier de France  or Best Craftmen of France, will dispel your doubts about their membership in the Compagnons. Also discover unforgettable works such as Jacques Baptiste’s miniature spinning wheel, or exquisite desserts in puffed sugar , well sheltered by gourmets behind the protective glass! Do not hesitate to take time to admire the details of each work, it is a quality signature that we do not see every day. Little more ? This museum located opposite the cathedral is completely free!


The collections represent many crafts, crafts and industry. Temporary exhibitions are organized each year at the Museum of the Best  Craftsmen of France.  The collections of masterpieces, tools, archives, photographs and medals were made up of donations and deposits made by the craftsmen themselves!


Presented on two levels, these collections evoke the history of the movement of the Best Craftsmen of France since its creation in 1924 by the government, in the various categories of trades chosen among the professions admitted to the annual competition.


And again do not miss seeing the museum or Musée des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France , free admission  next to the St Stephens’ Cathedral and in front of the Bishop’s garden. Awesome combination indeed. Hope you enjoy it as we did.

The city of Bourges has more info on it in English here: City of Bourges on the Museum of Best Craftsmen of France

A site of friends of museums I follow elsewhere, and worth to know you can help the preservation of these wonders as well. More info in French here: Friends of the museums of Bourges on the Craftsmen museum

A general tourist office of Bourges here: Tourist office of Bourges

And there you go short and sassy as the saying goes for a nice spot in my belle France. Do come for it in Bourges, worth the detour me think. Again hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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