Gorges du Verdon Museum of Prehistory, Quinson

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Au cœur du parc naturel régional des gorges du Verdon à Quinson, le musée de Préhistoire des gorges du Verdon retrace la grande histoire de l'Homme en Provence depuis 1 million d'années. Il présente le résultat de fouilles archéologiques menées dans le Verdon depuis 50 ans. Construit par l'architecte Norman Foster, il est l'un des plus grands musées de Préhistoire d'Europe;

Located in Quinson, in the heart of the Verdon, the Gorges du Verdon Museum of Prehistory presents the results of archaeological digs carried out in the Verdon for over 50 years. A trip back in time for all with its circuit of alternating scenes from everyday life in prehistoric times,interactive displays and original archaeological artefacts. Designed by the architect Norman Foster, the museum is one of the biggest Museums of Prehistory in Europe.

Le musée de Préhistoire des gorges du Verdon est ouvert du 1er février au 15 décembre. Gorges du Verdon Museum of Prehistory opens from 01/02 to 15/12.

Fermeture le mardi sauf pendant les vacances de la zone B

Février/mars/avril : 10h - 18h

Avril/mai/juin : 10h - 19h

Juillet/août : 10h - 20h

Septembre : 10h - 19h

Octobre/ 15 décembre: 10h - 18h

Close Tuesdays except during zone B French school holidays

February/March 10am - 9pm

April /May/June 10am - 7pm

July/August 10am - 8pm

September 10am - 7pm

October/15th December 10am - 6pm
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  • We did the tour of the Museum (who lasted 2 hours) with a guide who was very nice and well explained. And then the afternoon the village including the activities of the days too well! 2 adults and a girl of 8 years captive
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  • Notable architecture of Norman Foster. Interesting, explanatory panels complete and many movies and videos. Some paintings of the life of yesteryear at different times. A "herd" on foot - 5 prehistoric animals - to the entrance... but I expect to see more inside: well ben, no! If you're in the area or if you're really fans, go ahead.
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  • Museum Nice deserves to be a little more fun for children very reasonable price not for young children
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  • Excellent high quality museum with fascinating exhibitions.
  • The museum does not really cater to elementary school children who usually study prehistory. Except one or two exhibits the glass cases are to high for children, the language is not understandable by children under the age of 12 or older. A great disappointment
  • As a visitor motivated to get the most out of his visit (building and content), I can confirm the other reviewer's note that, this museum would be of marginal of interest for the very young. While there are interesting recreations of a wooly mammoth, a sabre-toothed tiger and wooly rhinocerous (among others) and numerous audio-visual exhibits to distract, the exhibits are informative but require reading skills and patience. For adults it is an excellent introduction to the geology and the geography of human habitation from the mid-Acheulian (from about 700,000 BC). I left the museum wishing I had another hour to continue my exploration. The area is a pleasant stop for lunch on the way from the Gorges du Verdon (Moustiers Sainte-Marie) and Saint-Maximin (access to the A8 motorway). Comment left 11 May 2013
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  • Very nice and friendly. Fun and educational approach. Young and old we all loved and learned many things. This museum worth a visit!
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