Who are we ?
Created by Paul Feller s.j., a forward-looking Jesuit priest, the MOPO is dedicated to the passing on of knowledge and the promotion of apprenticeship.
The museum boasts a collection of more than 11 000 tools showcased in 65 display cases in a remarkable scenography.
The contemporary power of the scenography adds to the story and power of each tool, painstakingly brought back to life.
The resource center, free of access, holds more than 32 000 old and contemporary reference books and constitutes France’s second-largest technical library.
It is easy to get a sense of the purpose of the material works held by the MOPO, but sometimes more complicated to understand the reason behind their presence within these walls.
There is no doubt that inestimable immaterial treasures are concealed, waiting to be interpreted by any visitor keen to understand its message.
More than a beautiful object, a tool carries a man’s life-story, a story of craftsmanship and culture. It is essential for the observer, the collector or the visitor at the MOPO to reflect on the person who was behind that tool, even before asking about the tool’s purpose.
At a time when parents still worry about their children’s future, the message of Paul Feller has never rung clearer. The MOPO, by highlighting craftsmen and craftswomen, highlights their knowledge, expertise and lifeskills.
The building’s history
The MOPO is housed in one of Troyes’ most beautiful buildings, the hôtel Mauroy.
Destroyed by a fire in 1524, the building was rebuilt in 1556 by Jean Mauroy, a rich merchant of the city. He undertook important transformation works and turned it into the “Hôpital et Collège de la Trinité pour les orphelins” , a hospital and college for orphans based on the model of the “enfants de la Trinité” in Paris, in order to teach them a trade.
That is why the street is still called“la rue de la Trinité” today. The city of Troyes bought the building back in 1969.
The hôtel Mauroy is an architectural jewel in Troyes’ historical heritage, at the heart of a fully restored city center, with which it shares many architectural specificities.
A place of wonder for those who walk through its doors, the hôtel Mauroy hosts many exhibitions and cultural activities linked to the MOPO.