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Museum of Prehistory Tautavel, Tautavel

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Children’s Museum Historic Site
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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  • Our 5 year old son liked very much, and especially the demonstration on fire and the paintings, but the frame is a little... outdated.
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  • We parked in the designated car park for the museum but was nowhere near the museum. the signposting was non-existent and when we sussed where it was we realised it was at the top of a hill and as I h...  more »
  • Lack of attractiveness for the teenager. Audio guide available only for foreigners (not d audio guide in french) shame ca help for ado there is less reading.
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  • Fun educative museum. You can tell Cyril Calvet is really passionate about what he's doing.
  • At first, hard to find parking in the immediate vicinity. Better to park on the parking located in the village. Then, a good Museum thought although a little older (the panels show signs of fatigue) but undergoing restructuring (via beautiful explanatory signs very well structured and attractive). There are projections of short films, many windows with cut stones and bones of prehistoric animals. The staff is friendly. Then there is a possibility to combine the visit to the Museum with the exhibition located in the village (next to the famous car parks), it is included in the price. This exhibition is modern, using holograms and felted atmosphere. All to formed an interesting visit with our children, especially the two large (8, 7, 5, 3).
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  • Museum a bit too didactic, unsuited to children, unless in an educational setting. The game offered for children is where too easy or too hard depending on the age and the reward is quite ridiculous and irrelevant (box of mikado). The tour has been proposed 45 minutes after our arrival without prior information and workshop preparation of fire was at the same time. Very friendly workshops, visit intruction with a super person who saved us. In short left to fans and the school.
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  • Museography very very dated. No maintenance on the panels (some parts are pulled out). More leave the museum open access when 90 little primary children are present (very present sound level). It is impossible in these conditions to concentrate at least to read signs. Which further our remark to strongly makes smile staff members.
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  • Entertaining to know life as it was now quite outdated, but everything is 450,000 years ago and you would be missing a good face wash. The translations of both panels and brochures in Catalan and Spanish are very bad.
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