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Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur

Roussillon, France
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About Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur
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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All reviews very interesting tour factory production processing extraction demonstrates material pigments ochre
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Reviewed May 23, 2019 via mobile

An interesting 1 1/2 hour tour round this former factory which made ochre pigment from the local sands. Good parking and toilets. Guided tours make it more interesting. Without the tour there is not enough guidance to fill the time. Tours are in French, don't...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2019

Thank you for your opinion. Guide tour are in french but we ave also ausdioguide in english. See you next time.

Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Highly recommended for all ages. Call them to book a 1h30 training to make out of chalk water resin and ochre wonderful paints. In case you have not enough , ask Philippe to show you how to make from oak and iron sulfate the darkest...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2018

Thank you for your recommandation.

Reviewed September 25, 2018

After reading some of the reviews for the Conservatoire, I've come to the conclusion that a tour with a proper guide is the way to go here. I am happy to say, we had just that: A wonderful guide, Magali, who guided us through the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Thank you for your recommandation and thank you for Magali. See you next time in Roussillon.

Reviewed August 4, 2018

This former ochre factory is now a museum which demonstrates the various steps in the processing of ochre from extraction to washing to drying in the kilns to packaging for shipment. There is a small gift shop with books about ochre as well as ochre...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thank for your opinion. We hope that you enjoyed your visit. As well as a conservatory our aim is to spread the know-how of the employees who worked in the Mathieu factory and to organize some workshop in french during which the visitors can discover...More

Reviewed July 5, 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018
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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

Reviewed March 24, 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

Date of experience: March 2018
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Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2018

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

Reviewed July 3, 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

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed May 24, 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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Sally A
Mathieu B, General Manager at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 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

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...More

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

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...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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