Musee National de Prehistoire

Musee National de Prehistoire

Musee National de Prehistoire
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9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles804 reviews
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Samuel007
Exeter, UK330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Prehistory is not a great interest of mine, but I was very pleased with this extremely well-organised museum. There is not a bewildering quantity of exhibits, thank goodness, but a sensible number of carefully selected artefacts and displays, with interesting descriptions in French and English. And the view from the terrace at the top is outstanding.
Written June 13, 2022
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fi11fi61
Alexandria, VA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed this museum and found it an excellent table-setter before visiting any of the many prehistoric caves in the area. We especially enjoyed the black and white movie of the many early discoveries in the area. Lots of artifacts on display. They now have booklets in English and many of the displays have English translations. Work was ongoing on the upper floor terrace so we did not go there.
Written March 25, 2024
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amber d
Yelverton, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
€6 entry. A truly amazing array of all things prehistoric.In a modern setting & very well displayed. We are English & don’t have a good command of French but there were good interpretation signs in English plus a booklet. If you love prehistory then you will love this place.Lots of exhibits from this intriguing area.
Written April 20, 2024
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Seldoc
Glocester, RI55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
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 art, there are numerous videos describing various aspects of prehistoric life. The museum leads you through a step-by-step look at the development of prehistoric man. To do it justice, you need to plan on spending a least of couple of hours there, and, at that, you'll only scratch the surface.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the museum is a little difficult for those who don't speak French, but there's enough information in English and several other languages to make the visit worthwhile nevertheless.
Written May 9, 2014
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TheBrainiac
Sedalia, CO128 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
Mrs. Brainiac and I had heard that Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil was well worth a detour during our two-week Dordogne driving tour and that this Museum was a highlight. We had stopped in to see the Lascaux facsimile caves and enjoyed that so we were looking forward to this as well.

Ouch and Yikes! This museum is one of the most boring that we have ever seen. There are rows upon rows of artifacts that might appeal to a PhD in Anthropology, but NOT to a normal contemporary human being. Once you have worked your way up to the top floor, you exit onto an outdoor area that allows you to see some prehistoric cave dwellings. Those might hold your interest for about ten seconds, and if you have been to other cave dwellings, like Mesa Verde, you may not even notice these.

All in all, this museum tends toward the technical and academic. For the lay person, skip it.
Written June 21, 2011
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ski_bum2205
Perth, Australia105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This museum is fascinating! I loved the way artefacts are organised by time (horizontal) and layers (vertical by tools, fauna and remains). There was also an indication of climate variations with time, above and below average (should be a present-day spike there - extent unknown!)

I just wish I could have read the explanations associated with all the displays. Unless you can read all the information available you only need allow an hour. If you CAN read all the information you could spend hours here.

Despite this, the museum is still very much worth visiting.

In a museum of this sophistication, with visitors from all over the world, audio commentary should be available in multiple languages. Groups of items could be numbered and the appropriate commentary selected by number. Chateau de Beynac uses numbers effectively and somewhere else we’ve been you selected suitable commentary by pointing a reader at icons on a page. I’ve seen people’s phones used in the past too. Better still would be some sort of proximity sensitive device. We have the technology!
Written September 25, 2019
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Patrick C
Santa Fe, NM165 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Les Eyzies is a great little French town on the river, complete with fine restaurants and places to stay! But the museum was really disappointing, and I am an archaeologist who loves real museums! I do not see why anyone would go here unless you are on a school field trip! The caves and the cave art are all worth going to, but you don not need the museum no matter how nice the French hoped it would be! If you want to know about the Paleolithic caves and their art, look them up on the internet. If you want to go to caves that are open to the public, go to the tourist office or to cave you are interested in nearby. I must say, in addition, the staff are very unwelcoming and not very interested in helping visitors to find which caves are open, which are to their interest, or how to gain access.
Written October 4, 2018
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Stephen H
Lacave, France70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
If you visit the Dordogne, this is a must see for fans of paleontology. Engaging self-guided museum of southwestern France's 65,000 year history of early mankind.
Written January 20, 2018
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Arvid O
Palm Coast, FL2,765 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
This is a well laid out modern museum housing an impressive collection of modern man's first work of arts. The latest technology is used to bring history to life using various multimedia. The terrace commands impressive views of the Vezere River Valley.
Written January 1, 2015
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James David
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
On entering the building ( being built against the rock face ) in what I can only describe as being representative of a soft-linear-brutalism is design; however once through the doors of the entrance hall the visitor is compelled to venture further past the life size model of a Mammoth and on to another model of Cro-Magnon Man next to the skeletal remains some 40 000 years of age, in a glass cabinet next to the manikin, here I have to say that the latex ( I presume) model is quite convincing (not that I would know) though it has to be said that the loin cloth looked slightly silly ( perhaps it was there as a reminder of the Victorian period of sensibilities) Then there are the remains, and there are thousands of them, bones and stone tools etc, are arranged in cases, some very large and well displayed. I cannot , or rather will not go into the dates and ramifications etc of human history since' Lucy' a million or so years ago but I would rather consider the psychological impact of such a display to my post modern 'condition'.. Some of the exhibits are astounding , whether actual or part constructs, which amongst the displays are a Rhinoceros lying supine originally in a river bed ( again I surmise) a massive ancestor of the Deer family with antlers about 3 metres across, various human skeletal remains lying as they died( I presume Doctor Watson !) huge skulls of various animals that seem to have the most profound identity's ( I don't know why, it just felt so on observing face to face, no pun intended) There are many large cabinets containing bones after bones , artifacts after artifacts all documented, and the scientific knowledge or work behind the presentation is plain to see to Mr Common Man like myself, I could only marvel at the dedication of the various discipline's that must have gone into such a collection, and all documented..coming out of Africa over millennia.. Here I have to say I don't think I have even touched the implications of all this, but that the experience did not answer any questions but but made me wonder..rather like looking up at the stars in the night sky..
Written March 1, 2020
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