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Musee National de Prehistoire
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Small-Group Dordogne Day Tour from Sarlat
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Lascaux IV and The Art of the Caves in Sarlat
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

This is one of the rare museums that still give you guided tours and our guide was absolutely wonderful. Like a true guide she had a contagious enthusiasm for the subject and eagerness for us to share in the best the museum had to offer! Try to replicate this using an audio guide...

We came after the museum reopened after lunch and took a 2:15 tour offered in English - it is highly recommended to get the most out of your visit. The tour was scheduled to only run for 1:30, but we ended up spending 2 hours and only covered the highlights (and we were the only ones on the tour!)

While you see wall paintings in nearby caves, the museum hosts a remarkable exhibition of prehistoric artifacts, all created over 10,000 years ago and some of them true works of art or very skillfully crafted tools. The visit to the museum shines a new light on thevabilities of our prehistoric ancestors.

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Beautiful little town with a great museum in a magnificent setting. English translations for those of us still working to perfect our French.

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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Right in the middle of Les Eysies this modern building is easy to find with a large car-park on the other side of the main road. The museum is interesting and important and is completely free with many exhibits and presentations with English commentary but not all. While interesting this experience only held my children's attention for about an hour.

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

This museum has a lot of the local artifacts from the area. The guide gives a good history of the area and the hominids who populated it.

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Reviewed 5 August 2013

After reading in a guide book that this museum was a "must" in order to appreciate our visit to nearby caves I must say that we were quite disappointed. The museum did not cater to English speakers in a helpful way which is ridiculous in this day and age, an audio guide and/ or translations of all the explanations would have changed everything for us. As it was, it was not very informative or helpful apart from the movies showing how prehistoric tools were made. My teenaged son was pretty bored and the English fact sheets were dry, uninteresting and not very helpful. (I live in Israel and all of our museums cater for non-Hebrew and non-Arabic speaking visitors - it is not difficult to do or unreasonable to expect). Thumbs down I'm afraid for me.

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