20.000 years ago Cro-Magnon man decorated the walls in a cave in the Vézère Valley, in Montignac.
The famous original Lascaux cave paintings were discovered on September 20th, 1940, as a matter of chance. It all began when Robot, a dog belonging to young Marcel Ravidat, disappeared into a rabbit hole. Marcel was intrigued by the hole and decided to return there a few days later with his friends Georges, Simon and Jacques. Together, they dug to enlarge the hole.
When they spotted the very first paintings, they swore not to tell a soul. They thought they had found a secret tunnel leading to a castle and treasure! However, 4 days later, they revealed their secret to their teacher, Léon Laval. At first, he thought it was a prank, but he informed Abbott Breuil, whose nickname was “the pope of French prehistory”. He realized how important the discovery was, immediately.
The original cave was closed by André Malraux in 1963, to protect and preserve it. And thus, a copy was created.
In December of 2016, a new cave, imagined by the Norwegian architects SNØHETTA, opened, making this amazing cave art accessible to as many visitors as possible.
Enter the replica of the Cro-Magnon cave, reproduced by « Atelier des Fac-Similés du Périgord », and step into a fascinating, mysterious world of animals!
This 150 metre long building, built partly underground, fits in perfectly with the surrounding environment : it melts into the landscape and hills. The first thing you see as you enter the Lascaux premises are the gift shop and café as well as the ticket counter, toilets, left luggage, toilets and seminar rooms. For architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, the purpose was to slowly prepare visitors to what they are about to discover : the cave paintings.
Visitors are given a digital « touring companion » and are invited to discover Lascaux at their own pace.
We are located 2hrs from Bordeaux, 90 mins from Limoges and 3 hrs from Poitiers, by car.
Our modern restaurant serves lunch as well as pastries, tea and coffee.
Open from January to March, 9am to 7pm. April to June, from 9am to 8pm. In July and August, from 8.30am to 10pm. In September, from 9.30am to 8pm. October to December, from 10am to 7pm.
• Adults : 16 €
• Children aged 7 to 12 : 10,40 €
• Cro-Magnon Family Pass (2adults+2children) : 44,90 €• Special rates for unemployed visitors, students and disabled visitors
Prehistory Pass for 3 sites (Lascaux-Parc du Thot, Laugerie basse) and Prehistory and Geology pass for 4 sites (Lascaux, Parc du Thot, Laugerie basse, Grand Roc)
Visitors should plan on a 2 and a half hour visit.
Free car park. Animals, prams and luggage are prohibited. The temperature inside the cave is 13°C. Visitors should wear warm clothing.
The average temperatures here during the Cro-Magnon era were : -20°C in winter, 2C° in spring and 15°C in summer.