What to expect
Tautavel is a small town in the southern French department of Pyrénées-Orientales that's been a place of big and important archeological excavations beginning in the middle of the 20th Century. The Tautavel Museum of Prehistory was founded to house, study and display these critical discoveries. Most important of all is a landmark collection of human remains discovered in 1971. These remains form the world famous "Man of Tautavel" who would have lived 450,000 years ago. Exploring the galleries of the museum we discover for ourselves the results of the painstaking archaeological excavations in this region, providing a fascinating insight into the lives of our ancestors from prehistory. For quick and easy access to this museum, with its one-of-a-kind exhibits, conferences and family activities, book your tickets on ticketeaser.com . Your tickets also provide access to the Museum of the First Inhabitants of Europe with interactive displays re-creating the lives of the first inhabitants of Europe.
||Opening hours of the Museum of Prehistory of Tautavel
(from 14th July to 26th August)
|Open every day from 10am to 7pm
(the rest of the year)
|Open every day from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm ro 6pm
Attention : Last access 45 minutes before closing time.
Closures : January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st.
Duration of the visit: about 1h30 minimum.
- Full price (from 14 years old) : 8 €
- Reduced price (children from 7 to 13 years old, students upon presentation of proof) : 4 €
- Free for children under 7 years old
- Tickets cannot be cancelled or refunded
The reduced rates and free admissions are granted only on presentation of a valid proof.
Programme of cultural events in 2018
- At the moment, until April 30th : exhibition "Occitanie des Origines": traces the different stages of settlement in the region, changes in behaviour and lifestyles
- From 14th to 30th April (Spring holidays): small lectures on the exhibition "Occitanie des Origines" in the Museum auditorium
- From May 1st : "Prehistory Bear Exhibition" to follow the evolution of the animal as well as its relationship with man
- May 19th (European Museum Night): workshops on prehistoric practices, lectures and astronomical observations. A small concert is organized until 1 a.m.
- June 15th, 16th and 17th (Archaeology Days): numerous workshops planned and prehistoric film festival (War of Fire, Cave Bear Clan, Rrrrrr...)
- June 30th and July 1st (Prehistoric Hunting Days and European Prehistoric Weapons Shooting Championship): evolution of weapons and hunting techniques. Visitors will be able to discover the thruster throw.
- From July 7th to September 2nd: many animations, games and activities for everyone
- July 25th, 26th and 27th (The Tautavel Man day): four prehistory workshops are planned (evolution, shooting with a propellant, lighting fires, jewellery making)
- August 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Prehistory Festival): numerous outdoor workshops (fire, archery, kitchen, stone sculpture, grease lamp making, parietal art and furniture, jewellery design, pottery, basketry, weaving, rope making), shows, and the grotto accessible to the public
- August 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th (Astronomy Festival): workshops and conferences, sky observation
- September 15th and 16th (European Heritage Days): the museum will be accessible at a reduced rate for all. The Caune de l'Arago, a listed historical monument, will be presented to the public.
- From 20th October to 4th November (All Saints' Holidays): meetings with prehistoric authors and the public.
- Christmas holidays: many animations and games are planned every day.