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Gorges du Verdon Museum of Prehistory

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Address: route de Montmeyan, 04500 Quinson, France
Phone Number: +33 4 92 74 09 59
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Located in Quinson, in the heart of the Verdon, the Gorges du Verdon Museum...

Located in Quinson, in the heart of the Verdon, the Gorges du Verdon Museum of Prehistory presents the results of archaeological digs carried out in the Verdon for over 50 years. A trip back in time for all with its circuit of alternating scenes from everyday life in prehistoric times, interactive displays and original archaelogical artefacts. Designed by the architect Norman Foster, the museum is one of the biggest Museums of Prehistory in Europe.

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Really interesting once we figured out how the tablets worked!

Ten or so TV sets along the exhibition - each showing 5 min clips, on a loop, about prehistory of the area. Interested to see other reviewers also had problems using them... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
Sally M
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Ten or so TV sets along the exhibition - each showing 5 min clips, on a loop, about prehistory of the area. Interested to see other reviewers also had problems using them - thought we were being a bit thick! Don't think the instructions were very good. But once we realised how to work them and that we had to... More 

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Spilsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This museum is tucked away in a small town near the Verdon gorge. The staff were really friendly and spoke some English. They had tablets which provided an English translation but we found these difficult to use.

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Thank maxine c
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Such a great subject and certainly plenty of prehistoric history in the region but this museum is a let-down. Housed in an interesting building designed by Norman Foster, the exhibits are rather dull and dry. Case after case of flints, bones and the odd pot, punctuated by videos from the race in the 70s to preserve cave paintings that now... More 

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Thank debsmooth
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

A stunning brutalist building promised much but the interior is a disappointment. The building is claustrophobic and dreary, the displays dated and most of the exhibits are fake ("replica" in fibre glass). There is nothing to interest younger visitors, and of my children the two-year-old and seven-year-old were completely bored within minutes. We have far better stuff then this in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Fantastic collection of early civilization artifacts, displays, videos, maps, explanations. This is a major educational and research institution. Don't miss it if you have slightest interest in prehistoric man! We really enjoyed it.

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Thank Ellen F
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

Having visited this museum soon after it opened 13 years ago, I thought that it might have changed a little over the years. It has, but not for the better. On the first visit, we had found the presentation of the reconstruction of the Bon Baume cave was excellent & very atmospheric. This time, it was nothing more than a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

I thought I recognised some of my relatives in the displays !! It was beautifully air-conditioned. could have done with more seating for disabled

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

An unexpected find, Very extensive information about the presence of early man in this region. Primarily in French but English audioguides are available.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

We were expecting a rumpty little museum but were delighted with this very comprehensive modern facility in rural Provence. Audio was available in English which was welcomed, but as others have commented the text accompanying exhibits was not translated.... so some rudimentary French is an asset. Don't miss the video presentation in the side room to the right, there are... More 

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Nice, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

We had a pleasant surprise while visiting this museum. It takes you through the evolution of our universe and mankind with a focus on the early population of the Verdon Canyon. Very interesting place that we can recommend.

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