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Musee National de Prehistoire

1 Rue du Musee | Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We enjoy history but were in and out within an hour, loads of flints and artifacts and the only information in English are A4 cards you can pick up but you have trouble matching them to the displays. You do get to go up where cro magnon man statue is, building is very well done quite impressive. For the visual... More

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San Diego, CA
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We came to Les Ezyies to visit several of the Paleolithic caves. We had no idea how fantastic the museum is. There is currently an exhibit of Magdelenian mobile art-not to be missed

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Boulder, CO
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Even though it's in French, this is a gem of a museum. If you can read some French, you'll do well here. The videos showing the progression of stone tool-making is interesting, and the dioramas and animals are nicely done. Allow 45 minutes to an hour, unless you want to look at every display case...

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews 95 reviews
42 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Lovely setting on a cliff side in a former castle in a lovely town. Room after room of dry exhibits failed to impress. The films were enjoyable, interesting and worthwhile.

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Dallas, Texas
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107 reviews 107 reviews
65 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies de Tayac has a significant collection of prehistoric artifacts from the Neanderthal period forward to the late Cro-Magnon period. In addition to a significant tool collection, there is also a large number of decorated artifacts reflecting a level of artistic sophistication quite surprising to the lay person. Also the fossil collection both... More

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Niagara Falls
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244 reviews 244 reviews
148 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This museum is a must see if you are in the Dordogne region. The museum is modern and the exhibits contain the latest research on early man. There are artifacts from Lascaux as well which are the originals as replicas are in Lascaux 2. I would definitely return here to spend more time at the museum.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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142 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We arrived at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac just before lunch when everything was closing. This didn't matter too much as we too wanted lunch although we don't take two hours over it like the French do! As a previous writer said, we too were ushered out of a museum elsewhere with all the staff gathered to go to their lunch and rushing... More

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Glocester, Rhode Island
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We visited the Dordogne several years ago, and, had the mistaken impression that this museum was nothing more than a tourist trap. So, I didn't bother to visit it. That was a big mistake. This is a serious museum and research facility loaded with artifacts, many recovered from nearby caves and digs. Besides the displays of tools, bones and prehistoric... More

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Windsor UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The museum is modern with welcoming staff and a lot of exhibits/displays and videos which we suspect are very informative for French speakers. Unfortunately for us, the only written English translations were on multiple A4 laminates in each gallery which we found unwieldy to link to the displays and quite hard to follow, so we had to content ourselves with... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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54 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

After touring Les Comarelles we drove back to Les Eyzies to see the prehistoric museum at 11:15 before the 12:30 lunch closure (the last admittance before lunch is 11:45). The museum (6E admission p.p.) was pretty good but information is not displayed very well. You are also allowed access outside at the top of the building where the old chateau... More

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