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“Unexpectedly fabulous fun!”
Review of Paleosite

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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly fabulous fun!”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

Visited here one afternoon - more in hope than expectation - but it was delightful! The ticket office does close at lunch time (12.30-1.30pm) but once open the receptionist was extremely helpful! There are lots of prehistoric stuffed animals in the reception hall to wow the children!. Once you have your ticket you can go through to view a film about the history of neanderthal peoples \ the discovery of Pirrette (the neanderthal skeleton discovered in 1979 on the site and the reason for the museum). This is bilingual (english & french) - after the first cimema experience you go through to a cinema to watch a film about the spread of neanderthal & homosapien peoples - this is in french but with english subtitiles. After this you go through to a really fun "laboratory" set up where a "wall:E" type robot & some clever CGI tell the story of the discovery of Pirette - this is done in 3 languages (spanish \ french \ english) you chose which you want. Once you've left the film area( 30mins approx) you can go out and using your entry ticket you can take photos of yourself 7 then make yourself look neanderthal, you can armwrestle against a neanderthal man, you can compare skull structures etc. Outside there are opportunities to light fire, cave paint, throw spears, have your face painted & even dress up. You can also have a tour of the actual archeology site where the skeleton was discovered - although this bit is just in french. Great fun!

Visited July 2014
Thank Samantha L
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  • English first
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English first
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good concept let down by lack of effort”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Nice idea and some well laid out and presented displays - initially we were really excited but it turned out that around half of the hands on science things were broken, the tickets took several attempts to register in the slots and then front desk and shop closed at lunch time so we could get the promised photos which turned out to be an additional cost on top of the too high entry fee for what it was.

To lift to the actual dig site was closed meaning one of our party couldn't visit but that was ok as when we got there that was closed too.

Really disappointed, simple things could have made this a massive hit for us - I have heard that during the busiest season they put on activities outside which would be nice.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Chris P
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64 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Third visit”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

It was our third visit here, my sons are growing up so there is always something new for them as they get older and understand. Very helpful staff.

Visited April 2014
Thank bd1960
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Saintes, France
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great family fun”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I went here with another family. We had a great time learning how to light fires, throw spears and generally do things as they did in the stone age. The films of the history of home sapiens and Neanderthals was very interesting. It would be good if they could introduce some other human species now more is known about them. Maybe this will come in time.

Visited December 2012
Thank C-LouiseTaylor
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London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Hilarious - great day out with the kids”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We took our little ones here for the day and had a fun time. They loved seeing themselves as Neanderthals on the image-converting machines and loved the giant woolly mammoths and other animals. We actually learnt a surprising amount as well. A good family day out if you are in the area.

Visited August 2013
Thank RJMLondon
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