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Gorges du Verdon Museum of Prehistory

route de Montmeyan, 04500 Quinson, France
+33 4 92 74 09 59
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Beautiful exhibition

A great deal of knowledge from this place, and a beautiful exhibition on the caves. One bad note... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Marie H
via mobile
Feeling at one with the Stone Age

The spectacular building was designed by Norman Foster to be both ultra modern and add to the... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Saffron Walden
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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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  • Very good42%
  • Average20%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible2%
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route de Montmeyan, 04500 Quinson, France
route de Montmeyan, 04500 Quinson, France
+33 4 92 74 09 59
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

A great deal of knowledge from this place, and a beautiful exhibition on the caves. One bad note for me is the entry price a bit too expensive for the content.

1  Thank Marie H
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

The spectacular building was designed by Norman Foster to be both ultra modern and add to the ancient atmosphere. The exhibitions inside were well laid out with stunning photographs and videos of the cave system discovered in the 90s, the ancient drawings are easily the...More

Thank Voyageur775
Reviewed 2 August 2017

This museum catalogues the evolution of man. I could not believe that these fantastic caves full of paintings had been found in the river gorge and that the archaeologists had to survey them and document them and create replicas - and that the actual caves...More

Thank SusieChopstick
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is a well known museum in the area even though it seems to be in the middle of nowhere - contents are a must see for enthusiasts and the Norman Foster building worth stopping for!

Thank Bargemon15
Reviewed 13 May 2017

This museum has been established using artifacts found prior to the flooding of some of the Verdon Gorge. It is a major museum, but suffers from unilingualism. All signs are in French only, and the guide's English was poor. One would have expected such a...More

Thank Daleb0422
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...More

Thank Sally M
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.

Thank maxine c
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,...More

Thank debsmooth
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...More

1  Thank Guinnog
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.

Thank Ellen F
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