Terra Rossa à Salernes © C. Moirenc

Terra Rossa, a tile factory transformed into a museum

In the realm of red clay

Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a famed architect and designer, planned this extraordinary 3,800m2 space in Salernes, transforming a former tile factory. At the Musée Terra Rossa, discover, in one part, exceptional archaeological and paleontological pieces recovered from local digs – most of the items were found at the Font-Brégoua site in Salernes itself.

The long and distinguished local production of tiles is also covered, with a unique collection of more than 2,000 decorated tiles, from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Pieces created by potters from the Pays Salernois are also displayed, while temporary exhibitions feature contemporary creators. Still now, some dozen companies still produce traditional and contemporary tiles, while around 20 potters continue the tradition of producing exuberant pieces, keeping the place’s terracotta traditions turning!


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