Musée de Préhistoire

Musée de Préhistoire, Carnac: Address, Phone Number, Musée de Préhistoire Reviews: 4/5

Musée de Préhistoire
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The richest museum in the world for megalithic culture The Museum of Prehistory in Carnac arose from the will to keep near the place where they were discovered the archaeological collections found around the local megaliths. The founder of the museum, James Miln , was the first and the last one to undertake large scale excavations in the alignments of standing stones in Carnac. His successor, Zacharie Le Rouzic, started the excavation, restoration and classification in the name of the Government Office for the preservation of “ Monuments Historiques ” of about 120 megalithic sites. Thanks to them, the Museum of Carnac today houses reference collections concerning the Neolithic period (4 900 – 2 200 BC) and is essential to the discovery and understanding of the surrounding archaeological sites. Do not miss the large alpine jade axes, the polished ornaments imported from Spain, witnesses of the time when Carnac was a great European centre of power and wealth, in the 5th millennium BC. Information about the collection is available in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. In the summer, guided tour in English.
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Marcel C
France21 contributions
Perfect companion to visit of Megalithic alignement
Nov 2019 • Couples
We went to this museum prior to visiting the fields of alignment of menhirs at Carnac. This really helped better appreciate what would eventually see during our visit of the fields of menhirs and dolmens.
Written November 11, 2019
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perle369
Malaga, Spain1,782 contributions
Fascinating insight into prehistory
Jul 2019
This museum is really well laid out with fascinating exhibits covering the centuries when Carnac was at its height of ancient use.

The museum dedicate much to the work of James Miln who was the first and most recent of excavators of the site.
Written August 17, 2019
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GemJayBC
Leicester, UK47 contributions
If you have kids and French is limited, it's not grear
Jul 2019 • Family
The only information in english are the 'do not touch' signs. The rest seems deliberately inaccessible for those not fluent in french. For kids in general, very dull.
Written July 30, 2019
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skybus320
Timbuktu, Mali254 contributions
Need Fluent French
Jul 2019 • Family
There are a lot of exhibits here and i spent a good few hours but i was quite frustrated as everything was in French, a folder in English was provided but it wasnt as detailed as the French version.
To make this a great museum just put everything on the wall in French and English and not the folder-they are painful to carry around and search through, people want to have their heads up looking at the exhibits not stuck in a folder.
Written July 19, 2019
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bradziker1
Lake Mary, FL1,234 contributions
worth an hour visit
May 2019 • Friends
Costs about 7E to visit - and it takes about an hour. All signs are in French, so bring a google translator on phone. Good number of exhibits.
Written May 26, 2019
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Nik M
Paimpont, France49 contributions
A beautiful view of the time past
Aug 2018
A jewel in the town of Carnac, famous world wide for it's alignements. the museum has much to offer to deepen your understanding of the neolithic period through history. The facilitators and staff our unique in their knowledge and welcome. Installed in the old presbytaire of Carnac Town on three floors, each vitrine is a marvel of found objects. The workshops and guided visits are a must, making your own engraved stones, creating fire from two sticks, all in all a brilliant day out for adults and children.
Written April 24, 2019
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LadyMissKaren
Mullumbimby, Australia165 contributions
Museum
Sep 2018 • Couples
Enjoyed the museum greatly which was very interesting. Well worth the visit if you feel inclined to learn about this area.
Written March 3, 2019
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Neil G
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Neil G
Jul 2018 • Couples
Spent a morning looking around the museum. The exhibits were good but all the write ups were in French. We were given a folder to provide information but it was difficult to follow and had limited information. On the whole a bit disappointing as a non French speaker
Written July 20, 2018
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Bob B
Holiday, FL778 contributions
Interesting displays with lots of information unfortunately all in French

Jul 2018 • Couples
This museum is relatively easy to find with a smallish, municipal pre-pay (estimate how long you will be in the museum) parking lot in the front, and consists on two floors with a helpful staff. There are some wonderful works of art on view here, particularly necklaces, the elements of which were crafted from Alpine stone, presumably imported for use as powerfacts by the Neolitic elites, and bracelets. Even more remarkable are the four jade axe heads accidentally found on a local beach by British tourists in 2007! The museum prides itself for its educational, didactic panels (French texts and line drawings), a series of casts, and site recreations as dioramas with their location on corresponding maps, often accompanied by the actual objects found at that particular site. All of the information is well-presented in a clear, concise fashion, which even those not conversant in French may be able to follow. I was particularly taken by the casts of the engraved Neolithic stones lined in dolmens of the area, which were displayed in a row against one wall. The upper floor contains works of art, primarily from the Roman Imperial Period.
Written July 13, 2018
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Alex D
De Panne, Belgium7 contributions
Great
Jan 2018 • Family
This is a great museum, beautiful pieces, as is the history.
Everything is explained nice and clear, some pieces could use an extra word, but that could be me, as I'm more interested in certain unusual themes in history.
Written January 4, 2018
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