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Musee National de Prehistoire

Address: 1 Rue du Musee | Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
Phone Number: 05-53-06-45-45
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Doha, Qatar
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a fascinating museum, a must for young and old alike. It is very cleverly designed into the rock and contains many interesting artefacts. Highly recommended.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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219 reviews 219 reviews
112 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The museum has a collection of stone tools, burial artifacts, bones of prehistoric animals and engravings that were found in the Vezere valley. Excellent presentation in glass cases and videos. A good introduction to the caves that can be visited in this area.

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Melbourne
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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This museum is situated in a brand new building. The French are good at museums and this is a particularly good example. It has the best & most extensive collection of Flint tools I have ever seen, accompanied by several videos demonstrating how they were made and used. There are a couple of really good examples of Cro Magnon relief... More

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Rehoboth, MA, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A major reason that we are vacationing in the Dordogne are the amazing caves and prehistorical artifacts in the area. This museum is a great starting point. It has a tremendous number of artifacts, and a great deal of information. It just never brings it alive. The realization that people were creating art, jewelry, and had a cooperative society 20... More

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This modern (and somewhat cold therefore) museum explains the background history and story of the many Palaeolithic Rock Art caves around Les Eyzies, including world famous Lascaux. Also the story of humanity's evolution out of Africa. It's essential for better understanding the Rock Art in the amazing caves and rock shelters around the region, and perhaps makes more sense to... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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237 reviews 237 reviews
56 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Housed in an expensive 2 story building, this museum aims to trace the history of mankind through the ages; where it falls short is in the crappy laminated one page A4 sheets they give to English speakers; there is a video playing constantly in French, why not throw in English sub titles. Given the number of foreign tourists visiting the... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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64 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It's one of those museums that you feel you should visit, to get more knowledge about the local area, and perhaps you should. But once there, you're thinking where to go next, and when. I'm sure the museum is a good research institute, and the collection is important. But, after the 1,000th flint spear tip, we were ready to go.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

As another review mention, interesting but you need French to get the most out of it. Comprehensive and technically accurate but failed to really engage. No background to why Centre is where it is, how it was constructed or the adjacent cliff buildings which would have added to understanding.

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Vancouver, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Modern exhibition space with lots of displays of tools etc. English info only on A4 fact sheets that are unwieldy and detract from the experience. Videos of working with flint etc are good, but again, only in French. Unless you read French I would hesitate to spend the 8€ entrance fee.

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Brighton
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Very open and spacious museum of prehistory which if your French is up to it I am sure is even more interesting. The use of English fact sheets is useful if clumsy as the large main space just had too many sheets trying to map to a complex layout. An app would be a good way to deal with this... More

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