L'Abri Cro-Magnon

Emblematic site for the discovery of Cro-magnon man

Welcome to l'Abri Cro-Magnon

The Cro-Magnon shelter is the emblematic place of discovery, giving its name to the first modern man: Cro-Magnon man (synonymous with Homo sapiens). It was discovered in 1868 by Louis Lartet. The human skeletons were found under an embankment formed of scree from the rocky escarpment above.

Why Cro-magnon? The word Cro derives from Occitan and means "hole", while Magnon's origin is less clear-cut: it could be a patronymic, or derive from the Latin magnus meaning "big" - in other words, in this case, "the big cave".

It's here, then, that you can discover our common ancestor through a fun, interactive tour combining modern technologies (holograms, touch screens, immersive scenography) and classic exhibits.

Newly refurbished to the highest standards, the Abri Cro-Magnon is a World Heritage Site.

The visit continues in the heart of nature on a sound trail, where you can meet animals from prehistoric times.

The visit lasts from 1 to 1.30 hours. Photos are permitted.

The L'Abri Cro-Magnon site is partially accessible to people with reduced mobility. All the museography and the discovery area are accessible. The outdoor trail is not, as wheelchair access is difficult.

Pricing details

Individual rates:

Adults: €7.50
Children aged 5 to 16: €4.00
Students: €6.00

Group rates:

Adult groups: €6.50 per person
Student groups: €5.00 per person
Children's group: €3.00 per person

Dates and times

L'Abri Cro-Magnon is open from April 1st to September 30th.

April, May, June, September: 10H-18H30
July, August: 10H-19H


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L'abri Cro-Magnon 2, chemin de Cro-Magnon 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac


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