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Musee de Prehistoire

10 Place de la Chapelle, 56340 Carnac, France
+33 2 97 52 22 04
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Neil G

Spent a morning looking around the museum. The exhibits were good but all the write ups were in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Neil G
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Interesting displays with lots of information unfortunately all in French


This museum is relatively easy to find with a smallish, municipal pre-pay (estimate how long you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The richest museum in the world for megalithic culture The Museum of Prehistory in Carnac arose from the will to keep near the place where they were discovered the archaeological collections found around the local megaliths. The founder of the museum, James Miln , was the first and the last one to undertake large scale excavations in the alignments of standing stones in Carnac. His successor, Zacharie Le Rouzic, started the excavation, restoration and classification in the name of the Government Office for the preservation of “ Monuments Historiques ” of about 120 megalithic sites. Thanks to them, the Museum of Carnac today houses reference collections concerning the Neolithic period (4 900 – 2 200 BC) and is essential to the discovery and understanding of the surrounding archaeological sites. Do not miss the large alpine jade axes, the polished ornaments imported from Spain, witnesses of the time when Carnac was a great European centre of power and wealth, in the 5th millennium BC. Information about the collection is available in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. In the summer, guided tour in English.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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10 Place de la Chapelle, 56340 Carnac, France
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent a morning looking around the museum. The exhibits were good but all the write ups were in French. We were given a folder to provide information but it was difficult to follow and had limited information. On the whole a bit disappointing as a...More

Thank Neil G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is relatively easy to find with a smallish, municipal pre-pay (estimate how long you will be in the museum) parking lot in the front, and consists on two floors with a helpful staff. There are some wonderful works of art on view here,...More

Thank Bob B
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

This is a great museum, beautiful pieces, as is the history. Everything is explained nice and clear, some pieces could use an extra word, but that could be me, as I'm more interested in certain unusual themes in history.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

The woman at reception was very kind and gave us a guide in English. The oldest pieces impressed me the most, especially impressions of carvings of human head shapes in ancient standing stones, which I had never seen before. Beautiful displays of ancient tools, jewelry,...More

2  Thank Tanya M
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Interesting prehistoric Museum merit a visit , to see neolithic sites and archeoligical founds of the region, objects, paintings and many lecture of the site.

Thank Manuela L
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

This is a great rainy day activity. The exhibition details the archaeology of the with artefacts, dioramas etc. It is a comprehensive exhibition with lots of fascinating items. At 4, 7 and 11, the younger kids found it a little tiring with a lot of...More

1  Thank Tara K
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Wish there was more English and more info on the standing stones. But there was plenty of good prehistoric displays.

Thank Helen R
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Not the best museum I've been to, but nice. A very large number of exhibits there with some very beautiful stone axe heads. If you want to read in English, you need to take a folder with you which translates everything - however it's a...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

This is THE Museum for the Carnac Alignements, which lets face it is one of THE places to see, in not just France, but the World. France is good at Museums. The Museum de Bretagne in Rennes, for example, takes some beating in my view....More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

an hour or two is all you need to have a wander around the museum, guide books in varying languages help explain the exhibits. well worth a visit before going to see the stones.

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