Lascaux II - Axial diverticulum

Lascaux, the original

September 1940, her discovery. The Lascaux cave was open to the public for many years until its closure in 1963. The continuous flow of visitors (1500 per day) and the carbon dioxide from human breathing were indeed beginning to degrade the prehistoric paintings. Today the original Lascaux cave is closed and closely monitored, in order to preserve this listed site.

Lascaux II facsimile

Facsimile of the famous prehistoric cave 200m from the original. Technological prowess and scientific rigor made it possible to recreate the atmosphere of the original cavity so that the world's most famous Paleolithic sanctuary could be reborn.

Lascaux III on the international scene

This international exhibition brings together the highest digital technologies to make the visit interactive and unforgettable: human presence simulators, virtual immersion in 3D (in the Hall of the Bulls), active glasses to see copyists at work (the Axial Diverticulum)…

This is an opportunity for people from all over the world to discover part of the cave and appreciate the work of the Ateliers des Fac-Similes du Périgord in Montignac-Lascaux.

The traveling exhibition passes through Bristol in England after having traveled the roads of Italy, Japan, Canada and many other countries.

Lascaux IV or the International Center for Cave Art


Lascaux reveals itself to you in the new setting of International Center for Cave Art.

Over 8500m2 of visiting space, including an almost complete and unpublished replica of the cave and 6 exhibition rooms retracing the history of the discovery of Lascaux, its place in world cave art and contemporary creation.

This new space welcomes visitors and invites them to contemplate et feel authentic emotion of the discovery of the cave, to learn to observe it, to question it, and to reflect on the environmental and cultural context in which it was created. The use of new image and virtual technologies serves mediation. 

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