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Musee de l'Ours des Cavernes

Epernay, 73670 Entremont-le-Vieux, France
+33 4 79 26 29 87
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a loss of time

did not bring any new facts i already now about bears. gives info about the prehistoric bears but... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2016
Dominique C
A rare museum

One of the only bear museum in the world. was set up following the discovery of hundreds of... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2013
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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On the 13th November 1988, when the speleologists Pierre Guichebaron and Marc Papet went into a newly discovered gallery in the Balme a Collomb, at 1700m altitude in the Granier mountain range for the first time, they found one of the largest deposits of the bones of the Ursus spelaeus, or « Cave Bear »: thousands of bones were lying on the ground over an area of more than three thousand square metres and three hundred metres long! Blocked off by an unstable rock-fall, which took several hours’ work to clear, the entrance had been closed for thousands of years. Archaeologists and palaeontologists were immediately told about this discovery, and the scientific adventure started. A team of diggers and specialists of various types, lead by Michel Philippe, the curator of the Lyons Natural History Museum, worked on the site for one month per year for six consecutive summers to progress with their studies. Access to the cave is arduous, with an altitude difference of six hundred metres to be climbed every day, and working conditions are difficult, given that the temperature in the cave stays at 1.7°C with a relative humidity of 90. A cave for wintering During thousands of years, generations of cave bears spent the long winter months in the cave. Some years, one of them died, and its bones have been conserved up to the present day.
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31 Aug 2016
“a loss of time”
9 Mar 2013
“A rare museum”
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Epernay, 73670 Entremont-le-Vieux, France
+33 4 79 26 29 87
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

did not bring any new facts i already now about bears. gives info about the prehistoric bears but nothing about the actually bears living in the alps or even elsewhere in france. this museum is strictly suited for schools with young children and the 3...More

Thank Dominique C
Reviewed 9 March 2013

One of the only bear museum in the world. was set up following the discovery of hundreds of skeletons of bear in la Balme a Collomb Grotto. Interactive movie, great for kids.

Thank Sabaudia73
Reviewed 21 February 2012

All you wanted to know on wild bears living in the Alps millions of years back. On your way out, stop at the cheese factory across the road. If you are looking for a great local restaurant, drive a few miles to l'Auberge ND des...More

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