Aquitaine’s National Prehistoric Museum was founded in 1918 by Denis Peyrony on the des Eyzies-de-Tayac commune, in the very heart of the UNESCO Valley of Mankind and prehistoric capital of the world. The site as well as its collections are rich in history. It holds one of France’s most important Paleolithic collections including the first global set of Paleolithic art on engraved or carved blocks.
The museum’s displays enable visitors to see the oldest traces of life left by mankind and to understand the evolution of societies over the last 400 millennia. Objects on display include stone tools, art objects made of bone or ivory, and life-size imitations of prehistoric humans and extinct animals. The museum was expanded in 2004.
The museum is located on Rue du Musée in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac Sireuil. It is just 45 kilometers away from Périgueux-Sarlat and can be reached in half an hour via D47. It is open every day from 9:30am until 6:30pm in July and August as well as June and September with the exception that Tuesdays are closed. It is also open from 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 5:30pm between October and May. Last admission is 45 minutes before closure. The visit costs €6 / €4.50 (full rate / reduced rate) and is free on the first Sunday of every month. The museum is fully accessible to those with reduced mobility.