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Musee de Prehistoire Regionale

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Address: Rue Loredan-Larchey, Menton, France
Phone Number: 04-93-35-84-64

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We should all know the history behind Menton

Lying on the sunny pebbly beaches of Menton , how many know that this museum exists with fabulous scenes of our ancestors going back almost one million years when men scraped meat... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 29, 2016
Patrick M
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Lying on the sunny pebbly beaches of Menton , how many know that this museum exists with fabulous scenes of our ancestors going back almost one million years when men scraped meat off the bones of dead animals in the cave of Lazaret - the mind boggles. We are talking about 1000x100 years - yes 1000 centuries. Where will Menton... More 

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2016

Closed on Mondays. Opening hours: 10-12; 14-18. Free. This museum is a good complement with the Balzi Rossi Museum, just after having passed the Italian border, in Ventimiglia, 2-3 kilometers away. It is better organized than the Italian once, because it has a quite rich bookshop, but the Balzi Rossi have the the real caves. Nevertheless I have found the... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2015

A charming little museum with a series of rooms dedicated to the pre-history of this area. Downstairs there is a temporary exhibition area where there was an interesting exhibiton about animal representations and a vitrine of underwater archeology. Of course like in most French museums there was far too much text, but just ignore it, most of the exhibits are... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2015

Free admission to a well-structured presentation of the pre-history of the Cote d'Azure. Located in the centre of Menton and easily accessible.

1 Thank greensleeves2015
Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is very interesting museum, and it has a nice exposition for peopel who are intersted in early ages of Riviera, just a pity all subtitles are in french.

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Northumberland UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

A much more interesting museum than we anticipated especially, after having taken part in an archaeology course before Christmas, we could identify a lot of the exhibits. The staff could not have been more helpful and even offered us chocolates!

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

The amount of local work and the breadth of discovery in the area is quite remarkable. I must say, the use of bronze sculptures in the dioramas added a level of respectful undestanding I have not seen elsewhere. The mish mash of various small sculptures from hither and yon is more confusing than informative...

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Suwanee, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Interesting story and displays of the earliest inhabitants of the Cote d'Azur. We made a quick tour of the museum and, unfortunately, all displays in French and we did not have English translation available to us. Not sure if available, would have really helped!

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

There are 2 museums. With difficulty we were given a card which gave us some information in English. Although only yards from the border of Menton, or more accurately Garavan, the staff on duty only spoke Italian.It was not possible to visit the caves themselves which was disappointing so the museums are it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

This gives a good picture of the ancient history of this area and early man. Unfortunately there was no English translation so it wasn't easy to learn alone could.

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