Musee National de Prehistoire, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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Once the Castle Tayac, Musee National de Prehistoire now houses archeological research and one of the largest collections of Paleolithic artifacts in France. Here, you can develop an understanding of the evolution of societies over the past 400,000 years. The collection includes stone tools, art objects made of bone or ivory, reconstructions of prehistoric humans and extinct animals, and much more.

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  • August 17, 2017
    The Museum is located in a modern building and very clean. The guided tour is nice and interesting, however the supplied headphones are a little heavy and quickly annoying. The collections are important, but museography lack of dynamism, interaction, we go from window in the window and missing something for the attention of the visitor.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It is a museum where there is almost no one! It is beautiful, it's fresh, the expos are decorated with very well made videos. There is even a leisure-educational area for children (and others!) to better understand our ancestors! And it is not expensive, we paid €8 for 5 persons (3 children of ado + a national education-online free card)
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  • August 14, 2017
    This museum is a must-see for who is passionate about prehistory. Novices, as well as children will find much of interest.
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  • August 6, 2017
    A museum with more to enjoy for the expert than the casual browser (unless stone tools are your thing!) But still enjoyable all the same. As with all museums in France, a visit on the first Sunday of the month means you don't have to pay and in this case is well with your time. The museum is attractive to the eye and nicely set out.
  • July 10, 2017
    Worth a visit. However, we were there in the afternoon. Turns out that in the afternoon the museum closes. Standing for a closed door. In our culture, that is strange. Especially if you have air conditioning inside, like the museum has. Why close then? But we went back a few hours later to see the museum. Security at the door is strict! good! Fortunately, the museum also provides information in English. So we understand well. Well done! Used the toilet, needs a update. Old stuff. Took a while to see the whole collection. But 10 minutes before official closing time, the security/staff are walking around us. Not saying it's closing time, but directing us non-verbal to the exit door. We got the signs and hints. At last you enter te terrace above. Viewpoint on Les Eyzies! Fun! At the right side, there is a small tower/tunnel/bridge which you can pass to see the statue. But the door went closed and locked by security. 5-10 minutes before closing time. Therefore we missed this! :( Lame, since I could have seen it, if they not closed before the right time, or in the afternoon. But hèh...what can you do about it?!?...I think they really want to go home on time.
  • July 27, 2017
    Very cool museum! A wonderful display of flint knapped tooling, and a fascinating exploration of prehistory artefacts!
  • July 18, 2017
    Good information on prehistoric times pity there was no English (or other non French) translation.
  • June 27, 2017
    This museum has a very comprehensive exhibit of neanderthal, cro-magnon, and magdalenian tools and other artifacts. Coupled with two videos showing demonstrations of flint knapping and tool making you can easily spend two to three hours in this place. Everything is described in French but pseudo English translations are available.

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