Gorges du Verdon Museum of Prehistory, Quinson

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  • This is a well known museum in the area even though it seems to be in the middle of nowhere - contents are a must see for enthusiasts and the Norman Foster building worth stopping for!  more »
  • This museum has been established using artifacts found prior to the flooding of some of the Verdon Gorge. It is a major museum, but suffers from unilingualism. All signs are in French only, and the gu...  more »
  • Ten or so TV sets along the exhibition - each showing 5 min clips, on a loop, about prehistory of the area. Interested to see other reviewers also had problems using them - thought we were being a bit...  more »
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  • 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
  • A small but well stocked museum and one that does not talk down to its visitors. Well recommended.
  • 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
  • Nice little return on our most distant past! Reminder of the moment one leaves the animal Kingdom. Many small objects. Nice temporary exhibition. We have done the climb and visit of the cave good balm. Place modest but trampled by men from 400 000 thousand years ago it's still something!
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  • Interesting though, audio tour in English, all descriptions in French. Was a pity, especially because this is one of the larger museums in France. Not recommended if you have small children. Unless they are good French
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