The Lascaux cave
After the Second World War, Lascaux was open to the public for several years until 1963. Many visitors came to visit the site, around 1500 visitors a day, but the carbon dioxide in the human breath soon began to damage the prehistoric paintings of the painted cave.
Today, the original Lascaux cave is closed. The painting cave is under close surveillance in order to preserve this site which is registered as a the World Heritage of the Humanity by UNESCO (Unesco world Heritage site).
History of the Lascaux Discovery
In September 1940, Marcel Ravidat found a cavity on Lascaux Hill. On the 12th September 1940, he came back with Gerorges Agniel, Simon Coencas and Jacques Marsal. The 4 young boys decided to explore the hill, they made the cavity larger so as to slip into the cave. Just with a lamp. They were the first ones to discover the painting caves. They found some great and unique treasures… The Lascaux cave is the finest of all prehistoric painted caves made by Cro Magnons man.
So as to enable everybody to discover the prehistoric masterpieces, the Lascaux cave was entirely and meticulously reproduced - same paintings, same techniques, same pigments. It is now known as Lascaux II.
The Prehistoric Masterpieces of the Vézère Valley in Dordogne Périgord are exhibited in Lascaux II and in the Thot. Guided tours (Lascaux II) or free tours (The Thot) enable to be ceen on fabulous art of prehistoric man.
More Generally speaking, the Vézère Valley is one of the unique cradles of human art : a site thanks to which many other prehistoric sites can be imagined.
Practical Informations :
From 06/02 to 01/04 : 10h- 12h30 et 14h - 17h/ closed on mondays (except during school holidays)
From 02/04 to 05/07 : 09h30 - 18h
From 06/07 to 31/08 (holidays) : 09h - 19h
From 01/09 to 02/11 : 09h30-18h00
From 03/11 to 31/12 : 10h - 12h30 and 14h - 17h / closed on mondays (except during school holidays) and Christmas day
To buy your tickets :
From 2nd april to 4 september, the ticket office is in the center of Montignac, next to the tourist office, Place Bertran de Born.
Opening hours : From 9h30 to 18h and from 9h to 19h in july and august.
Book on line on www.lascaux.fr