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Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur

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Address: Usine Mathieu, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France
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+33 4 90 05 66 69
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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 harsh human reality behind those bright colors

«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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 8, 2016
Hong Kong, China
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 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 elementary, colorful art pieces clearly done by children (though there was no workshop going on... More 

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Mathieu B, General Manager at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this review

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 your own paints. We also are a training center all year long with many different... More 

Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 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 that nostalgia and traditions have their limitations. But Ohkra is also about the present and... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 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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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank LarryFLosAngeles
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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