13 December 2021  |  Culture, Tourism

Prehistoric Museum of The Gorges du Verdon

The Gorges du Verdon Prehistory Museum is located in Quinson in full heart of the Regional Natural Park. With a bold architecture, the Museum astonishes by its scale (more than 4000 m²): it seems to have become the center of the small village of Quinson. Made of concrete, glass and steel, the building is extended by an immense wall which connects it to the rest of the village.

Prehistoric museum

The museum presents to the public the adventure of the first men in Provence for a million years. The permanent exhibition alternates scenes of prehistoric life, objects archaeological material from Haute-Provence and the Verdon and multimedia supports.

Prehistoric museum

At the entrance to the museum, a mammoth, a woolly rhinoceros, a reindeer, a megaloceros and a saber-toothed tiger welcome visitors.

Prehistoric museum

A human adventure in upper Provence

For more than half a century, 60 archaeological sites have been excavated in the Verdon and wonders have been found. This permanent exhibition offers multiple perspectives on prehistory. The discoveries resulting from the excavations are highlighted throughout the visit: cut stones, tools, weapons, ceramics, ornaments. To accompany these treasures, several panels and themes with clear and concise texts, models, relief maps, explanatory films and interactive consoles.

Life-size prehistory

The life-size reconstructions help to place the archaeological material in several contexts of life and use: the Baume Bonne cave, the Galerie des Soleils (discovered in the Baudinard gorges) and partially reconstructed schematic paintings.

Prepare your visit

As a family, as a couple or with friends, the prehistory museum of the Verdon gorges is open to visitors and guided tours all year round, by reservation. In this place you will discover: the grandiose architecture of the building, the priceless archaeological collections, the prehistoric herd, the temporary exhibitions of the moment.

All the information to be found on the website.

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