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Parc de la Prehistoire

Route de Banat, 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Grand Atelier : audio-guides multilingues et adaptés aux enfants.Live the Prehistory!Covering 13 hectares, this unique site, for children and adults,... more » Owner description: Grand Atelier : audio-guides multilingues et adaptés aux enfants.Live the Prehistory!Covering 13 hectares, this unique site, for children and adults, invites you to travel to the origins of mankind and to plunge into the sources of art.The participative workshops are roofed and stay opened whatever the weather: discover the archaeology, the hunting, the art and the activities of a camp (the fire lighting and the flint knapping).The « Grand Atelier », this museum presents numerous art artefacts and facsimiles, like the Salon Noir and the « Niaux interdit » ones and also the main panel of Marsoulas cave, which is closed to the public.Services• Shop : books, souvenirs…• Restaurant.• Picnic area and outdoor playground.• Free kennel (dogs not allowed in the Park).• The « Grand Atelier »: multilingual and children commentaries. « less
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Surrey, England
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102 reviews 102 reviews
13 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A super venue where visitors of all ages can happily spend several hours. There is an excellent restaurant on the site offering good food at affordable prices (13 euros for two courses and 16 euros for three courses). Earphones offering a commentary in a variety of languages are available for the exhibits in the main centre and an explanatory leaflet... More

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Lekeitio, Spain
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Definitely worth visiting. I had wondered if it was going to be sort of Disney-like, but not at all. Very good information, complementing what one can see in the caves in this beautiful region. We were given very nice and interesting tour of the campsites by a well-studied young woman. The museum is well set up and the audio-guide in... More

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We visited the place in October 2013 and our 4-year old enjoyed it a lot. There is a small museum and a lot of outdoor features like a music maze, place where kids can paint on the wall, a cave ( to be pre-ordered).

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
70 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This was much bigger and more informative then I anticipated and I'm so glad we included it in our plans. The museum is really well organised with audio headphones included in the admission fee which allow you to experience the inside exhibits in your own language. There is an amazing amount of information inside and the reproductions of the cave... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

When my friend, who is an archaeologist specialising in rock art, recommended the Parc, I knew we had to visit. The Grand Atelier is excellent with wonderful exhibits and a good audio guide in English. The demonstration areas around the Parc are very good, especially the one showing flint knapping and fire starting. Especially if you can't visit Niaux and... More

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South Yorkshire, England
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163 reviews 163 reviews
46 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Really good. Lots for children, but we disagree with some reviewers and think there's lots for all ages both outside, in the restaurant and in the superb museum / display. Definitely worth a visit before going to Niaux, will help your understanding.

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vancouver, bc
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This park and museum is dedicated to the prehistory that visitors will soon see in the caves nearby. Parts of the Niaux cave are reproduced inside the museum, including the parts that are not open to the public. Reproductions of artifacts associated with the cultures that made the cave paintings are on exhibit. A headset with an English version of... More

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Bent NM
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277 reviews 277 reviews
62 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Exceptionally well-done museum of cave life should serve as a prelude to a visit to the actual cave. There are exhibits on early man and his artifacts that were found nearby. The museum is laid out as a cave and has multilingual audio tour headsets. Suitable for all ages from 3 to 103. Small restaurant on location. Gift shop. Situated... More

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Washington, D.C.
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

probably the best display and information on pre-historical life and art a plus is the beautiful setting

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Eauze, France
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

The location of this attraction is appealing, nestled into the feet of the Pyrenees, surrounding you with rocky outcrops and peaks. The appeal of the park for my 3 year old son and I was the space - acres of green areas to run around in, a great play ground area, a man-made large pond and waterall which he could... More

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