The story of the Mackintoshs' discovery of the local culture and heritage of different parts of the Pyrénées Orientales is told in three separate Interpretation Centres.
Belesta – Life up-country
Belesta is a hilltop village just outside Ille-sur-Tet where the Mackintoshes spent the winter of 1924/25.
The museum is in the chateau-museé at the top of the town and is the biggest of the three information centres.
The first room is about Mackintosh as a pioneer of Modernist architecture with examples of his designs, a display of textiles and a short film of his life before he and his wife and partner Margaret, came to France.
The second section is Mackintosh the designer with a display of furniture and examples of ironwork and stained glass.
The third room illustrates the story of Mackintosh the artist with a chronological display of reproductions of his paintings which illustrate the rapid development of his style during his years in the Pyrenees Orientales. It concentrates on the Tet Valley and their summers in the high mountain pastures around Mont Louis.
Finally there is an examination of major influences on Mackintosh and also his influence on others.
For opening times:
The Musée Tel> 04 68 84 55 55 www.musee-belesta66.fr
Closed Tues and Sat
Chateau-Musee, Belesta 66720 France
Palalda – The First Year in France
At Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda, the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre is part of the Musée de la Poste in the château of Palalda. The museum incorporates the old church of Saint Martin. Consecrated in 933 AD it was the castle chapel. Mackintosh wrote :
"Carved and gilded wood - wood that is not carved but cut showing every mark of the tool, not gilded but clothed in gold leaf (thick) – the first brought from America to Spain. Very rococo but very beautiful."
The museum tells the story of Macjntosh’s life as an architect designer and pioneer if modernism.
A combination of architectural drawings, paintings, models, stained glass, ironwork, textiles, videos and period photographs, tells the story of the Mackintosh's life and career before coming to France and of their first months in Roussillon.
The museum incorporates the old church of Saint Martin. Consecrated in 933 AD it was the castle chapel.
For opening hours:
Musée de la Poste Tel" 04 68 39 34 50
Port Vendres – Life on the Coast
The exhibition in Port Vendres tells of the Mackintoshes on the coast – their first summer in Collioure and the winters of 1925 and 1926 in Port Vendres.
The Centre is in the garden of the Dome and includes archival film and photographs and reproductions of the paintings.
The is a commemorative plaque on the wall of the Hotel de Commerce where the Mackintoshes stayed (now above the Banque Populaire)
For opening times:
The Office du Tourisme 04 68 82 97 54