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Musee National de Prehistoire

1 Rue du Musee | Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
05-53-06-45-45
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
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148 reviews 148 reviews
51 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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26 helpful votes 26 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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Kent
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72 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The museum was 8€ and we felt this was quite pricey compared to other sites we spent longer visiting in the area. There were undoubtedly some interesting exhibits, and you could collect English information sheets to explain the vast majority of things. However we were there for less than an hour and some displays were a little repetitive. I'd go... More

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UK
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited the museum which is well laid out. The children were fascinated with the timelines and the whole idea of evolution. The Lucy skeleton fascinated them and they tried to walk in the preserved footprints, Initially there were A4 cards with a narrative in English but these became increasingly difficult to follow and then scarce. The videos an displays... More

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North Yorkshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Impressive array of artefacts but when you've seen one flint arrowhead you've seen them all (and we are a family who enjoy prehistory!) Geared more to experts than the casual tourist and minimal opportunities for children to engage with displays.

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Wales
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31 helpful votes 31 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
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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
6 helpful votes 6 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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