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Musee de Prehistoire

10 Place de la Chapelle, 56340 Carnac, France
+33 2 97 52 22 04
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This is a great museum, beautiful pieces, as is the history. Everything is explained nice and... read more

Reviewed January 4, 2018
Alex D
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Lots to see in this small museum

The woman at reception was very kind and gave us a guide in English. The oldest pieces impressed me... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2017
Tanya M
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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10 Place de la Chapelle, 56340 Carnac, France
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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

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.

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Reviewed November 12, 2017

The woman at reception was very kind and gave us a guide in English. The oldest pieces impressed me the most, especially impressions of carvings of human head shapes in ancient standing stones, which I had never seen before. Beautiful displays of ancient tools, jewelry,...More

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Reviewed November 5, 2017

Interesting prehistoric Museum merit a visit , to see neolithic sites and archeoligical founds of the region, objects, paintings and many lecture of the site.

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Reviewed November 3, 2017

This is a great rainy day activity. The exhibition details the archaeology of the with artefacts, dioramas etc. It is a comprehensive exhibition with lots of fascinating items. At 4, 7 and 11, the younger kids found it a little tiring with a lot of...More

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Wish there was more English and more info on the standing stones. But there was plenty of good prehistoric displays.

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Reviewed September 23, 2017

Not the best museum I've been to, but nice. A very large number of exhibits there with some very beautiful stone axe heads. If you want to read in English, you need to take a folder with you which translates everything - however it's a...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2017

This is THE Museum for the Carnac Alignements, which lets face it is one of THE places to see, in not just France, but the World. France is good at Museums. The Museum de Bretagne in Rennes, for example, takes some beating in my view....More

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Reviewed August 30, 2017

an hour or two is all you need to have a wander around the museum, guide books in varying languages help explain the exhibits. well worth a visit before going to see the stones.

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Reviewed August 24, 2017

What a shame! This museum could be really interesting, especially for children. It houses some fascination artefacts from the Neolithic period, including the 5000 year old skeleton of a young woman. This stopped my normally hyperactive 7-year old son in his tracks - the idea...More

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Reviewed August 23, 2017

As our knowledge about pre-historic times was pretty poor, we decided to refresh it. Texts are in french but they have booklets in few other languages, what helped a lot to understand the exhibition.

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