Visit of the Museum
For a family trip down memory lane…
More than 2000 m2 of exhibition galleries, for a family trip back in time…
The Museum visit for individuals is free except during school holidays when guided tours can be arranged at no extra charge. Workshops and animations for individual visitors are free of charge and without reservation at certain periods, please consult the page actualités.
The Museum of Prehistory of Tautavel presents exceptional collections, among the richest in the world to make this distant past understandable to all.
Through 21 rooms, the Museum of Prehistory of Tautavel invites you to meet the Man of Tautavel (450 000 years old), and the oldest prehistoric men of France (560 000 years old). With The First Inhabitants of Europe, (located 300 meters away), you will meet prehistoric men in Spain, Italy, Georgia, France, with a museography based on new technologies.
Entrance to the area “The First Inhabitants of Europe” is free of charge with the ticket for the Tautavel Museum of Prehistory, it is a bonus visit. This municipal space has its own opening hours and days, we decline any responsibility for this space, more information on www.tautavel.com
A lively and multi-lingual visit
Explanations in 6 languages provide visitors with clear and educational explanations in each of the museum’s rooms. French, English, Spanish, Catalan, German, Dutch.
Thanks to faithful reconstructions of prehistoric scenes, you plunge into the heart of the Tautavel valley and take a fabulous trip among men, animals and landscapes. A life-size reconstitution of the Caune de l’Arago (the cave that served as a habitat for the men of Tautavel) allows you to immerse yourself in a scene from the lives of these ancestors. A projection shows us a hunting scene 450,000 years ago.
In the spectacular diorama room a sound and light scenography gives the scenes of prehistoric daily life a unique realism, which surprises the audience. Live a prehistoric experience.
In general, it is strictly forbidden to touch the objects presented in a Museum for obvious conservation and security reasons. The Museum of TAUTAVEL has removed this prohibition and now invites the public to “touch” objects specially designed for this purpose. These are casts of original archaeological pieces discovered in the Caune de l’ARAGO in TAUTAVEL. These pieces were chosen for their tactile qualities on the one hand, and their didactic interest on the other. These tactile objects are also used as a support to give comments to disabled people.