Our ancestors’ daily lives

le quotidien de nos ancêtres

Can you hear the gentle crackling of the fire in the hearth and the first notes of the flute rising and falling in the air? With or without a guide, travel back in time at the Cité de la Préhistoire!

350,000 years of treasures, from the Lower Palaeolithic to the very first Gauls!

Did you know that there are more dolmens in the Ardèche than in Brittany?
How did the men that painted the Chauvet Cave live?
Did the Neanderthals speak?


The Cité de la Préhistoire lets you share the daily life of our ancestors from the Middle Palaeolithic through to the Early Iron Age. It's a 350,000-year journey during which you get to know the Pre-Neanderthals, from Neanderthals to the Modern Man, Homo sapiens, covering the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, as well as farming, livestock and metal working.


You'll first be stunned to find yourself face to face with prehistoric men and women, watching you with amusement, but you'll then step into their world via the medium of sound and 3D animations, surrounded by stuffed animals and reconstructions of everyday life. Featuring numerous genuine exhibits that belonged to our ancestors and were discovered in the Ardèche and the north of the Gard, your visit promises to be as fun as it is educational. These collections, which have been declared of national interest, have seen the Cité de la Préhistoire listed as a Musée de France and which collaborates with INRAP (French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research), CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), and more.

 

A resolutely modern approach to Prehistory

The prehistorians and archaeologists who designed the museum wanted to create a modern and intuitive exhibition: dig like a real-life archaeologist on our interactive touchscreen tables, face off with a cave hyena and, depending on the time of year, discover our Prehistoric activities (fire, flints, spear-throwing).

 

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