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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 3 July 2014

Lovely setting on a cliff side in a former castle in a lovely town. Room after room of dry exhibits failed to impress. The films were enjoyable, interesting and worthwhile.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies de Tayac has a significant collection of prehistoric artifacts from the Neanderthal period forward to the late Cro-Magnon period. In addition to a significant tool collection, there is also a large number of decorated artifacts reflecting a level of artistic sophistication quite surprising to the lay person. Also the fossil collection both of human and animal material is fascinating. My only criticism would be that all the descriptions in the cases were only in French, however there were English descriptions on laminated sheets in the various rooms.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This museum is a must see if you are in the Dordogne region. The museum is modern and the exhibits contain the latest research on early man. There are artifacts from Lascaux as well which are the originals as replicas are in Lascaux 2. I would definitely return here to spend more time at the museum.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We arrived at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac just before lunch when everything was closing. This didn't matter too much as we too wanted lunch although we don't take two hours over it like the French do! As a previous writer said, we too were ushered out of a museum elsewhere with all the staff gathered to go to their lunch and rushing us out.
Les Eyzies is a small, one street town with a cluster of shops and restaurants each side of it. We had been travelling around the south of France for three weeks and therefore our time in the Dordogne was limited as we had visited parts of it last year. We had a very pleasant lunch at a café beneath the huge overhanging rock and couldn't help being impressed by the sheer size and beauty of it.
We managed to park easily but of course it was May. After a very leisurely lunch and a stroll around the area, the tourist office opened and we were able to get some information about the area. We asked if there was a cave nearby that we could visit without too much climbing as I have an arthritic hip. We were advised that we had time to visit the Roufiniac caves or the recreated prehistory park. We were also told that the museum would be free after 6.p.m.
We decided to visit the cave and returned to Les Eyzies to get some information about something else. The very helpful lady said, you can still visit the museum and it is now free!
Considering that we had to get back to Brive and have dinner and it had been a very long day, we decided it was simply not an option. The tourist lady seemed baffled that we would not make the effort but there is only so much one can do in a day. We didn't see any signs of the petit train but perhaps it only runs in the summer. We saw signs for the car park for the museum but not the museum itself. We had admired the prehistoric figure standing 'on guard' way up on the
mountain side but only realised later on that this was where the museum was! Obviously, there is the same problem with everything being in French as happens elsewhere. However, how much climbing is there to get to the museum, no-one has yet told me, as we can consider it for a future visit. Les Eyzies itself is very beautiful and relaxing and well worth a visit in itself.

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

We visited the Dordogne several years ago, and, had the mistaken impression that this museum was nothing more than a tourist trap. So, I didn't bother to visit it. That was a big mistake. This is a serious museum and research facility loaded with artifacts, many recovered from nearby caves and digs. Besides the displays of tools, bones and prehistoric art, there are numerous videos describing various aspects of prehistoric life. The museum leads you through a step-by-step look at the development of prehistoric man. To do it justice, you need to plan on spending a least of couple of hours there, and, at that, you'll only scratch the surface.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the museum is a little difficult for those who don't speak French, but there's enough information in English and several other languages to make the visit worthwhile nevertheless.

5  Thank Seldoc
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