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Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur

Usine Mathieu, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France
04 90 05 66 69
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Roussillon
Type: Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: 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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Los Angeles
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Is making ochre interesting? Yes, moderately so. Is Roussillon where ochre colors are made? Not any more. That great artists got their color bases here is interesting, but this place is an informercial. We felt we did not get value for our time nor certainly our money.

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Ocres production was the lifeblood of Roussillon before the second world war. Today, the production is gone but the effort to preserve (conserve) the techniques and skills use to produce brilliant colors from ocres continue at the Conservatorie. The tour is well laid out and includes much information on our perception of colors as well as shows how colored pigments... More

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Roberts creek
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The best thing here is the chance to buy some real pigment and art supplies or even take some courses if you have time. If you have a chance to stick your fingers into some of the ocre sacks you will be surprised at the vibrant colours within. This place could be boring for kids..

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Time your visit to the area and the Conservatoire. Well worth a visit, plus having dinner outside at sunset is a 'wow' experience.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

If you are interested in the production of the ochres which make Roussillon so distinctive then come here. You will get a reasonable view of how a former ocre factory worked and a chance to buy paints and pigments, natural and artificial

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Fairly basic informatiomm centre but very helpful.

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