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Museum of Prehistory Tautavel, Tautavel
(1.4/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
See the oldest human found on French soil at Museum of Prehistory Tautavel, dedicated to the history of the first Europeans. The 450,000-year-old remains of Homme de Tautavel inspired the 21-room interactive museum, where you can examine the fruits of archeological excavations that have taught scholars about humankind's ancestors. The museum features authentic, detailed reproductions of prehistoric scenes, giving visitors a glimpse of history through the people, animals, and landscapes that existed nearly half a million years ago. Don't miss the wide range of tactile exhibits here--you're encouraged to touch the displays. Put Museum of Prehistory Tautavel on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tautavel vacation planner.
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  • Interesting presentation, even for young children to whom a fun course is offered. Very beautiful scenes restored, including. We could attend an animation on how the prehistoric men would fire!
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  • We were doing a joy to visit this Mecca of European prehistory, but we were disappointed by the visit of the Museum which seemed to us to be completely overwhelmed. Yes there are fossils (real and reproductions) Yes there are representations of Tautavel men and animals that they hunted, but not really little. There are many explanatory signs on the climatic conditions of the time, on the origins of animals, humans, geology etc. on the walls but there too, in language that sometimes too daunting especially for children. Visitors seem lost, we're looking for animations of the playful scenes but not everything is static and the representation of the cave is dull and uninteresting. A visit shipped for 8 euros and a feeling of having nothing learned. There is no either guide looking for you even you fumble in short you are bored. Interactive terminals of touchscreens, animatronics scenes film projections would have been welcome to enlighten us about this period of our history and the life of one of our ancestors. Too bad for the explanation given at the reception: lack of financial resources. This museum is slowly dying for lack of not getting the level of technology for the presentation.
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  • Passing nearby, we are stopped but we don't keep a lasting memory. Showcases interesting and pleasant reconstructions for children but we feel some trouble. A place of exhibitions but not at the height of the place and the name of Tautavel. It is time to leverage new technologies and interactivity to visitors.
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