National Prehistoric Museum (Musée National de Préhistoire) Tours

Aquitaine’s National Prehistoric Museum was founded in 1918 by Denis Peyrony on the des Eyzies-de-Tayac commune, in the very heart of the UNESCO Valley of Mankind and prehistoric capital of the world. The site as well as its collections are rich in history. It holds one of France’s most important Paleolithic collections including the first global set of Paleolithic art on engraved or carved blocks.

The museum’s displays enable visitors to see the oldest traces of life left by mankind and to understand the evolution of societies over the last 400 millennia. Objects on display include stone tools, art objects made of bone or ivory, and life-size imitations of prehistoric humans and extinct animals. The museum was expanded in 2004.

Practical Info

The museum is located on Rue du Musée in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac Sireuil. It is just 45 kilometers away from Périgueux-Sarlat and can be reached in half an hour via D47. It is open every day from 9:30am until 6:30pm in July and August as well as June and September with the exception that Tuesdays are closed. It is also open from 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 5:30pm between October and May. Last admission is 45 minutes before closure. The visit costs €6 / €4.50 (full rate / reduced rate) and is free on the first Sunday of every month. The museum is fully accessible to those with reduced mobility.
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Address: 1 Rue du Musée, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes 24620, France
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Hours: July to August: daily 9:30am – 6:30pm; June & September: Wedneday-Monday from 9:30am – 6pm; October to May: Wednesday-Monday 9:30am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm; Closed December 25 and January 1st
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Admission: Full rate: €6; Reduced rate: €4.50
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Lascaux IV and The Art of the Caves in Sarlat

Journey back to prehistoric times on this full-day small-group tour of the Dordogne’s historic highlights from Sarlat. Start with a visit to the National Prehistory Museum in Les Eyzies de Tayac to marvel over the world’s largest collection of Paleolithic artifacts. Next, enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Lascaux IV cave, a remarkable reconstruction of the original Lascaux cave, famed for its prehistoric reliefs. Finally, view the original drawings adorning the UNESCO-listed Rouffignac Cave, which date back over 15,000 years.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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