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

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Natural History Museum
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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  • the Museum is the size of the village however commendable the architecture, facilities for disabled people, safety with a smile at an affordable price.
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  • Very nice Museum, although some parts were parties in Tokyo (Lascaux 3) and just a photo for replaced... There might be a copy I think. Do jluc kty
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  • Two floors with many windows filled with fossils, Flint, but not only! Scenes are replenished with for example the man of the monastery and the small child. The megaceros is surprising by its size and it surprised the whole family so much it seemed alive before us. Above the 2nd floor we reach the bottom of the cliff with its terrace and the medieval castle (closed to the public). The view is breathtaking! We stayed 1 h 30 and the shop is very rich of books very interresting on the subject for young and old. This museum is a must and the price of his visit is easy, especially for families with 3 children like ours: 6 euro per adult and free for those under the age of 25.
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  • Not very English friendly. Loads of info. Free under 25
  • A good place to start your tour of the region. The Musée national de Préhistoire will help bring the time line of habitation, development and use of tools and of course the artwork into perspective.... you won't get this at the different sites. Downside is two-fold: Translations for non-fluent French speakers are incomplete and lousy and the collection seems at times more a depot. Kids under 23 (!) are free and entrance for adults is acceptable at 8euro so take the time and appreciate the upsides.
  • Must see - from the museum you can walk underneath the pre-historic caves and the medieval village. The whole village of Les Eyzies is astounding.
  • Very interesting, too bad we had only 2 hrs.
  • A huge collection of prehistoric objects on multiple levels. Presentations are nice and knowledgeable. The Museum is well organized. A playful and learning area is intended for children. The whole day is not sufficient to see all the objects one by one. The upper part of the Museum allows access to the corniche hence one has a beautiful view of the Vézère Valley. Practical info: free the first Sunday of the month. Photos without flash allowed.
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