Welcome to the econo-museum of the paper of Couze and Saint Front
Couze and Saint-Front, the cradle of papermaking in the South West, is a small village on the banks of the Dordogne that was home to as many as 13 paper mills on the banks of the river Couze at the end of the 18th century. Today, three of them have retained their papermaking vocation. Among them, the Moulin de La Rouziquewhich today has become thePaper rag museum.
The paper mill of La Rouzique has existed since 1530 and operated until 1983 in a craft and then semi-industrial way.
Today, La Rouzique is a place to welcome the public (schoolchildren, families, groups, trainees...), but also a place of production, experimentation...
During your visit, the guide will retrace with you the history of the place and the stages of paper making through the different rooms by setting in motion different mechanisms of the mill (models, paddle wheel, round machine ...). In your turn, come and activate the paddle wheel and discover a know-how by making your own sheet of paper!
At the end of your visit, observe a rich collection of watermarks, some of which date back to the Middle Ages! A scenography allows young and old alike to get to know this motif obtained with the help of a metallic thread embroidered on the surface of the tool which, by transparency, serves to identify the sheet of paper.
You will discover the gestures of handmade paper making through visits, demonstrations and workshops. Also, days of meetings with paper artisans are offered throughout the year.
The Rouzique mill is a resolutely lively place open to creations and certain functional tools can be made available to paper craftsmen.
Le Moulin has a shop for lovers of paper and stationery. You will find a whole range of handmade papers to make your artistic creations.
Adults: 8,5 € per person
Children (6 to 18 years old) : 5,5 € per person
Children under 6 years old: free
Your loyalty rewarded: benefit from reductions on your next visits with the association Au Fil du Temps (-20%, -50% and up to free) thanks to the Activity Pass which will be given to you at the reception desk.
Adult Groups :
From 20 people minimum.
Rate: 6,90 € per person.
Driver and 1 companion free of charge.
We can make up your day with a workshop at the Mill or the Spinning Mill of Belvès and the panoramic gardens of Limeuil, for more information on our offers of visits, consult the adult groups page.
Children's Groups :
For school or leisure activities, we offer an educational visit ending with a heritage workshop, see the school groups page.
Dates and Times
Schedules of guided tours :
From 1st to 12th July 2020: every day at 10.30 am - 1.30 pm - 3 pm - 4.30 pm - 6 pm
From 13 July to 23 August: Monday to Friday: 10.30am - 12pm - 2pm - 3pm - 4pm - 5pm - 6pm - Weekends: 10.30am - 1.30pm - 3pm - 4.30pm - 6pm
From 24th to 31st August: every day at 10.30am - 1.30pm - 3pm - 4.30pm - 6pm
From September 1 to November 1: every afternoon, except Saturday, at 2.30 and 4.30 pm.
During the All Saints' Day holidays, guided tour + paper workshop also at 11am, Monday to Friday.
Make your own magic paper!
After the guided tour of the mill (11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) put into practice what you learned with the guide and make your own magic paper. Whether it's a sheet of Halloween inclusions and shapes or small paper shapes for suspensions, there's something for every apprentice magician!
The visit of the mill
During the visit, discover the stages of papermaking, from the raw material to the finished product.
Then become a papermaker for a workshop during which everyone makes their own sheet in the vat.
Paper bats in the backyard!
Mysterious paper bats are installed in the papermaker's garden: come and help these magical creatures fly away!
- Independent cutting workshop, accessible from 3 years old.
Halloween Holidays from Sunday 18 October to Sunday 1 November (closed on Saturdays)
Every day except Saturday.
Monday through Friday: Guided tours + paper workshop at 11 am - 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm (Reception & shop closed during the 11am visit. - Non-stop opening from 14h to 18h)
Sunday: guided tours + paper workshop at 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm
Paper workshop following the guided tour.