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Chateau d'Oiron

10 rue du Chateau, 79100 Oiron, France
+33 5 49 96 51 25
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An odd combination that actually works

You wouldn't expect a 16th century chateau to be a great setting for modern art, but here the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGX
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NYC
the craziest place but so amazing

We approached this symmetrical, beautiful castle through a grassed area. Nothing could have... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Colin K
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Built from the 16th century by the seigneurial family Les Gouffiers, the Château d'Oiron today houses the contemporary art collection Curios & Mirabilia, loosely based on the theme of the curiosity cabinet in reference to the fabulous art collection of Claude Gouffier, master of King Henry II of France's stables. Artists reinterpret an exceptional place and original décor - galleries of Renaissance wall paintings in the School of Fontainebleau style, painted panelling and carved woodwork from the 17th century. Visitors are invited to explore "curiosities" and "marvels" following in the footsteps of the Marquis de Carabas - or Puss in Boots, who, it is said, was based on Claude Gouffier. FROM 1ST JUNE TO 30 SEPTEMBER Open every day 10.30-18.30 FROM 1ST OCTOBER TO 31 MAYOpen every day 10.30-17.30 N.B Last admission to the ticket office 1h before closing time. CLOSING DAYS 1 January, 1 May, 1 & 11 November and 25 December
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  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible2%
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10 rue du Chateau, 79100 Oiron, France
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You wouldn't expect a 16th century chateau to be a great setting for modern art, but here the combination is a great success. One approaches the entrance by walking through a small park full of spectacular cedar trees, among others. The castle itself is interesting,...More

Thank GGGGGGGGGGGGGGX
Chateau O, Propriétaire at Chateau d'Oiron, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear "GGGGGGGGGGGGGGX" ;) Thanks for taking time to leave a comment here and for your visit. We hope to see you again?

Reviewed 5 September 2017

We approached this symmetrical, beautiful castle through a grassed area. Nothing could have prepared us for what was in store it was built in XV!th century. Since 1993 it has changing contemporary art displayed throughout the castle I think it is best seen by just...More

Thank Colin K
Chateau O, Propriétaire at Chateau d'Oiron, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Dear Colin K, Thanks for taking time to leave a comment here, we are glad you appreciate our place ! we hope to see you again ! yours sincerely, Château d'Oiron

Reviewed 23 August 2017

What a magnificent château! Having had such an interesting past (and I am sure that the walls could speak volumes of some of the shenanigans that went on within them, if they could talk) it is most assuredly a massive shame that this fantastic building...More

Thank Medvedjornak
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Really interesting visit. Some fascinating contemporary exhibits displayed in a magnificent setting. No original furniture, but plenty of opulent rooms with original wall and ceiling features. Kids enjoyed it to (a great relief). Merci beaucoup.

Thank Gerald D
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Chateau standing in large grounds. Can't understand why it isn't crowded. If you only have a passing interest in history or architecture it's well worth a visit. Don't forget to picnic in the lovely grounds.

Thank Ken T
Chateau O, Responsable relations clients at Chateau d'Oiron, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Dear Ken, Thanks for your lovely comment! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 14 March 2017

Unique and interesting Chateau. It displays a variety of modern art are throughout the interior - making it fun and interesting to navigate through. A very nice change from the typical period furniture, clocks, and family portraits. Outside architecture is rather boring, but the grounds...More

Thank MTRose
Chateau O, Responsable relations clients at Chateau d'Oiron, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Hello MTRose, thanks for your visit and your comment!

Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Chateau is a most beautiful setting for this collection of contemporary art. It's a place of great contrasts, old and new, different qualities of light. Allow yourself at least a couple of hours to explore the warren of rooms, corridors and towers and prepare...More

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Chateau O, Responsable relations publiques at Chateau d'Oiron, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2016

Dear Pat, Thanks for your visit and the time you spend for this comment... !

Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

A magnificent building externally. We were quite amazed that nobody had ever lived in this château. We visited the place on a Sunday as not much is normally open. The château turned out to house both modern and experimental humanist artwork. Overall the place was...More

1  Thank cjb545
Chateau O, Responsable relations clients at Chateau d'Oiron, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Dear Cjb545, We thank you for your visit and your lovely comment... We hope to see you soon ! As your mentioned, indeed, the entrance is free for under 25s who are part of the EU. Have a nice day,

Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

The exhibition inside is unusual (Modern Art) and is not related to the history of the building. Be prepared for a shock. Intriguing but not to everyone's taste.

1  Thank John C
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I first visited this museum of quirky modern art on a stormy day and walking into the room of beehive statues with the constant hum of bees in the background to the sound of thunder outside was a sensory explosion which the artist could not...More

Thank le1retail
ChateauOiron, Responsable relations clients at Chateau d'Oiron, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Dear le1retail, first of all we want to thank you for your comment and your frequent visits of the castle! Indeed sometimes the natural events like winds, sun, storm come to create a magical atmosphere!! To answer to your question : the artwork you saw...More

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