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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. Take a look at our Tautavel day trip planner to schedule your visit to Museum of Prehistory Tautavel and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Museum of Prehistory Tautavel Reviews
Although the museum takes the visitor through the various rooms in a logical manner i found the information in each area rather lacking. There is little information for the English visitor. more »
Driving to Tautavel through splendid vineyards is in itself a pleasure for the eyes, especially between June and before harvest. The parking situation around the museum is a challenge at that time, bu... more »
Musee où tout semble assez vieux. Des vidéos des annees 90 contenu multimédia inexistant. Bref on dirait que 20 ans sont passés et que rien n a change. Vraiment déçu. more »Museum where everything seems old enough. Videos of the years 90 non-existent multimedia content. Anyway looks like that 20 years have passed and nothing has changed. Really disappointed.
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).
Park pretty down in the village signposted on arrival. This museum is well but the explanations are heavy and there are too! At the end of the second piece we want to read, the terms used are too complicated. And the videos are very interesting but same very technical. For the children it's undrinkable (already hard for adults lay)! I advise you to take the game to track that keeps busy them and is interesting (€3 and offered a box of mikado). Opening at 10: 00 and 11: 00 you have a guided tour (which may be a better approach allows). About the aging facilities cited often in the comments, I enclose a picture that explains that the Museum will be renovated.
Parking for access to the Museum will easier against the bottom of the latter and you will enjoy the charm of this village. About the Museum, it is a pity that on a subject like this, with an exceptional historical site that we, the public authorities do not know highlight. Indeed, the explanations are too masterful and plentiful. We have the impression of attending a course of history with maps of the 1980s and pets in cardboard! Children drop out immediately. However the questionnaire given to them is well done and attractive, in Exchange for 3 euros anyway. At the time of the digital, this museum would benefit from more of educational interactivity. Special mentions for the activities offered during holidays (fire and archeology), by very interesting and educators, animators who made this day has been appreciated for the children and parents.
He must really be interested in prehistoric times to visit this museum. Or instructive for learning of the children, but with a guide. The price is a little expensive in our opinion.
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