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“If you have time make a stop”
Review of Chateau d'Oiron

Chateau d'Oiron
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Oiron
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed 11 February 2014

7.5E admission pp. Allow 1-2 hour. Modern art displayed through-out the chateau - some fun and quirky. Some not interesting. Nothing expensive. Two or 3 rooms have authentic wall & ceiling decor from the chateau period but no furniture - and were beautiful. And one long upstairs wing had what looked like original wall paintings being restored. Long but pretty walk from the car park to the actual Chateau. If you have time make a stop but don't make a long detour to get here.

Thank Linda S
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

I almost avoided this chateau as I'm not a fan of modern and installation art, and I was at a loss to think how it could be placed in beautiful renaissance architecture.
Well, so much for my powers of imagination, because it was just fantastic - interesting, stimulating and entertaining. There was something for everyone; paintings, sculpture, animations, ephemera and exhibits that defy classification. The architecture was brilliant too. Everyone viewing (children to pensioners) seemed to have huge smiles, clearly thoroughly enjoying the experience. What more could you ask? Well, maybe a cup of coffee...

Thank AVGCharente
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

This lovely chateau is filled with the most amazing and quirky works of art. Some are static, some change each year we go back. there are rocks on sticks, combined stuffed animals ie head of one with the body of another....takes some getting used to! It is never boring and your jaw drops again and again, but really worth going. Kids get in free.

Thank shoedocmo
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

We were travelling from Cognac to Chinon which was to be our base for touring the Loire chateaux so decided to see some on the way to Chinon. After having an excellent lunch at a hotel in Oiron we made our way to the chateau. I believe we were the only ones in the chateau as it doesn't appear to be a popular choice. My wife and I felt very weird being the only ones in this giant chateau...especially when it's decorated with modern art. I don't know who's grand idea it was to decorate this chateau with modern art but, in my opinion, it was a very poor decision. I'd give this chateau a miss unless it's directly in your path, unless you like modern art.

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Reviewed 4 April 2013

It is located in a beautiful surrounding and very impressive from the outside. Once you get in there you are surprised by all the (strange!) decorations on the walls and in the corners = modern art. Quite incomprehensible and personally I thought that it destroyed much of theelegance and beauty of the chateau itself. The solution is to ask for a guide who can explain all this. Then it gets very interesting, But unfortunately you have to understand French as tey only have guides speaking French and no audio-guides.
Have a meal afterwards in the restaurant in the village. Especially if the weather is nice and you can sit in the garden. Lovely!

Thank susanne681183
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