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Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur

Usine Mathieu, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France
+33 4 90 05 66 69
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Un retour dans le temps / throwback in time

Une très belle visite guidée d’une heure nous a fait découvrir l’extraction et la production de... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Astrid Z
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Great Guide, Great visit ! don't miss it !!

I always thought that if you don't understand sthing is partly because of the way people explained... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2018
rana t
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Annecy, France
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Discover local history by visiting the Mathieu factory to find out how ochre was extracted. You will be fascinated by the range of colors produced. The conservatory offers visits, works-hops, training courses, technical advice, and exhibitions as well as a shop selling pigments and specialized books.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
2 weeks ago
“Un retour dans le temps / throwback in time”
24 Mar 2018
“Great Guide, Great visit ! don't miss it !!”
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Usine Mathieu, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Une très belle visite guidée d’une heure nous a fait découvrir l’extraction et la production de l’ocre ainsi que ses différentes utilisations. Il vaut mieux patienter pour la visite guidée que la faire soit même car un guide a l’avantage de pouvoir répondre aux questions....More

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Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago
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Merci pour votre avis en français et anglais. thank you very much. Nous aussi nous préférons vous rencontrer pour échanger...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

I always thought that if you don't understand sthing is partly because of the way people explained it . Well here , Maridor our guide is someone who transmits with passion and you won't forget ! great energy , humor and seriousness to understand about...More

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Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thank you for your kindly advice. See you next time in Roussillon.

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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

If you or your kids enjoy art, yours is a must do. We had a great time learning hands-on from Lea how traditional artists used egg yolks, gum arabic, and yogurt (!) to bind ochre and other pigments to a canvas, and then painting the...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We were on a cycling holiday and decided to make a short detour so we could visit this little museum. It's quite small so doesn't take long. Allow between one and two hours to walk the short track and see/read all the displays. You will...More

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Mathieu B, General Manager at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thank you for your kind message. The bike is the best choice to visit the beautiful Luberon's landscapes, our history and industrial heritage. Ochres, candied fruits and fine faiences of Apt was exported all around the world. Today, the ochres industry still exists. ôkhra, usine...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2016

I read so many positive reviews of this place, I thought it would be...something. Instead it was not much. First, when we walked in it seemed as if this was nothing but an activity spot to drop off your kids. The place was brimming with...More

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Mathieu B, General Manager at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2016

Hello, We are sorry you felt that way, actually the kids painting classes match the time of the visits in order to offer proper activity at any age. We do visits as well as workshop for adults at 2PM where you can learn to create...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2016

«Okhra» is the location of an old ochre processing plant. You can follow the process and see the machines, and understand the sad fate of the people who were processing the ochre pigments in life-hazardous conditions. This is one place where one has to admit...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2015

The visit is very interesting and gives a complete overview of manufacture's activity. Free Info guide is available in many languages.

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Reviewed 16 August 2015

I enjoyed my visit to this former factory. I liked that they combine a heritage experience with recreations of the process of refining the ochre, with an active artist workshop. I enjoyed walking around and looking at the old buildings. Before we started this tour,...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2015

This museum is very well structured, and a good place to learn about colours and the origins of ochre, and how it was extracted. Well worth a visit!

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Reviewed 2 July 2015

Not very exciting, unless you wanted to read panel description (in French and English) of the process of mining sand refining ochre. The big attraction for me as an artist was the on-site store selling pigments (local and from around the world) in various colors...More

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