National Museum of Prehistory National Museum of Prehistory National Museum of Prehistory National Museum of Prehistory National Museum of Prehistory

National Museum of Prehistory

More than 18,000 pieces in a completely new museography

Welcome to the National Museum of Prehistory

Housed in the former château of Les Eyzies de Taillac since 1911, embedded in the cliff overlooking the village. The National Prehistory Museum is a reference point for prehistorians and visitors alike.

It is located in the heart of the Vézère valley, known as the Valley of Man, close to some of the world's greatest prehistoric sites, which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The museum houses exceptional collections that retrace over 400 millennia of human history.

The Musée national de la préhistoire is a lively place, welcoming archaeologists, students and researchers from all over the world. Throughout the year, a succession of conferences are open to the public, students and schoolchildren.

It's not set in stone, with a succession of temporary and virtual exhibitions. Discover the agenda of the national museum of prehistory here

Groups can visit the museum with their own guides, or on their own. All they have to pay is the admission fee. If you wish to visit the museum with your own guide, you must inform the museum and request a speaking fee.

The museum also offers tours led by a national museum lecturer in French or English. These tours can be general or thematic, or present current exhibitions.


Pricing details

Open house

Entrance fee :
Full price: €6.00
Reduced rate : 4,50 €

Free of charge :

for all on the 1st Sunday of the month,
for under-18s,
for students aged 18 to 25 inclusive, of European nationality or resident for more than 3 months in an EU country,
for active primary and secondary school teachers, holders of the "Education Pass".

Guided tours and workshops :

1h visit: €9.50, concessions subject to conditions, free for under-13s
1h30 tour: €11.50, concessions subject to conditions, free for under-13s
Fun tour, workshop, Préhisto'Rigolo, Un musée à croquer, P comme Préhistoire: €7

As part of a partnership with the Pataud shelter (Museum national d'Histoire Naturelle):
Preferential rate: €5 (on presentation of a full-price ticket to the Pataud shelter)


Group rates:

Find out more about group rates depending on the number of people and the length of the visit. here

Tickets / store / booking for discovery tours and individual workshops :
Tel. 05 53 06 45 49 - During peak periods, please call after 3pm.
No reservation necessary for self-guided tours.

Reservation for group visits:
Tel. 05 53 06 45 65 / Fax 05 53 06 45 67

Dates and times

Opening hours

July and August: non-stop from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., every day
June and September: non-stop from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Tuesdays
October to May: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5.30pm, closed on Tuesdays
Closed December 25 and January 1.

Last admission 45 minutes before closing time.
Evacuation of the lower gallery 30 minutes before closing time.

Spoken languages



Musée national de Préhistoire - 1, rue du musée - 24620 Les Eyzies


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