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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...more
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
Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your recommandation and thank you for Magali.
See you next time in Roussillon.
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
Mathieu B, Directeur général at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 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
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 5 July 2018
Merci pour votre avis en français et anglais. thank you very much. Nous aussi nous préférons vous rencontrer pour échanger...More
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.
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
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
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
Mathieu B, General Manager at Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2016
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
«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
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