The Mathieu Plant is a former ochre factory that produced about 1,000 tons of ochre per year from 1921 to 1963. Following many years as an industrial wasteland, it was opened to visitors in 1994. The stages of the washing process, the kiln and the mills were restored to help visitors understand the steps in the treatment of the mineral, from it extraction to its shipment throughout the world. This technological presentation of ocre is set in its economic and cultural contexts both locally and internationally to illustrate the past, present, and future stakes of the traditional use of this stable natural pigment.
From November to March 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. except during french schools holidays its from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 5 p.m // April to October 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in July and August) // Closed : December 25 & January 1 // Closed January.
individual : 6,50€ // reduced 5€ (unemployed, partner sites, people with disabilities, large families // groups : 4,50€ (20 or more) // combined ticket with Ochre Footpath : 7,50€ // children under 10 years of age and Roussillon residents : free.
The educational walking tour
Explanatory panels along the path designed also for visitors with disabilities according to the criteria of the Tourisme et Handicap label, explain the stages of the technical processes as you meander among basins and buildings. Photographs from 1942 illustrate the functioning plant along with first-hand accounts of former foreman Elie Icard. Children from 7 years old will follow the « quest of ochre » with the handbook devised by the conservatory’s team and on sale at the desk. Our changing thematic exhibitions are included in the visit.
Throughout the year you may join a scheduled guided visit to learn more about the Luberon, the Mathieu Plant, the okhra co-op and color. Our objective through these guided visits is to share our passion for ochre and for color. We’re here to answer your questions. You may reserve a guided visit in English, German, Italian, or Swedish. Groups are welcome for reserved guided visits at the time of their choosing.