Lascaux II - Axial diverticulum

Lascaux, the original

September 1940his discovery. The Lascaux cave was open to the public for a number of years until it was closed. closure in 1963. The constant stream of visitors (1,500 a day) and the carbon dioxide from human breath were 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 the facsimile

Facsimile of the famous prehistoric cave 200m from the original. Technological prowess and scientific rigour have made it possible to recreate the atmosphere of the original cave so that the world's most famous Palaeolithic sanctuary can be reborn.

Lascaux III on the international stage

This international exposure brings together the most advanced digital technologies to make your 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-Similés du Périgord de Montignac-Lascaux.

The touring exhibition will visit Bristol in the UK, after travelling through Italy, Japan, Canada and many other countries.

Lascaux IV or the International Centre of Cave Art


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

More than 8500m2 of exhibition spaceincluding an almost complete, never-before-seen replica of the cave and 6 exhibition rooms tracing 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 and feel authentic emotion The aim of the exhibition is to help visitors discover the cave, learn to observe and question it, and reflect on the environmental and cultural context in which it was created. The use of new image and virtual technologies is a key element in the mediation process. 

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