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Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur

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Address: Usine Mathieu, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France
Phone Number: 04 90 05 66 69
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Description: Discover local history by visiting the Mathieu factory to find out how...
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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The visit is very interesting and gives a complete overview of manufacture's activity. Free Info guide is available in many languages.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 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, we watched a video in the main building about how the ochre was extracted and... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 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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Philadelphia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 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 and sizes. Much more variety than any other place I saw.

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Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Not only is this place of interest because of its history but it also offers plenty of information about color - theory as well as practical issues. The whole complex is enjoyable to walk through; several art installations make it even more attractive. Shop for your pigments here!

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We enjoyed this place but you have to have an imagination and be able to interpret the meager signage and what is in front of you. I was traveling with my DH, an engineer, and that helped a lot. If you exclude the shopping for books and art supplies, this place is all about saving and demonstrating the way that... More 

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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 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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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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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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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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