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Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel (Prehistory)

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In 1971, the discovery of the  450,000 year old Man from Tautavel by Professor de Lumley provided the impetus to create a scientific and cultural centre which became the Tautavel European Centre of Prehistory. A large complex was built around the Man from Tautavel and the Caune de l’Arago site. The museum traces * human history in Europe and allows visitors to encounter the first Europeans.

In fact, the Man from Tautavel is a homo erectus who shares characteristics with the first Europeans. Although he hadn’t yet mastered the use of fire, he was an excellent hunter. One can imagine that he chose the Caune de l’Arago site, for its advantageous position that allowed him to dominate the valley, his fresh-water supply and his prey. With 149 human remains found, the most recent (in 2015) being  a tooth dating back 580,000 years, the Caune de l’Arago is one of the largest prehistory sites in the world that has the oldest human remains discovered in France.

The Tautavel Museum is as well known for its rich collections as it is for the unconventional activities and cultural events it offers throughout the year that allow visitors to gain a true sense of prehisotric life

Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel (Prehistory) avenue Léon-Jean-Grégory
66720 Tautavel 04 68 29 07 76

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Rates and opening times


  • Full price : €8
  • Reduced price (7-14 years, students) : €4
  • Free children under 7 years
Group rates Consulter la Billetterie

Opening times

From 10 July to 31 August:

  • Open daily
  • 10am-7pm

From 1 March to au 9 July and September-October :

  • Open daily
  • 10am-12.30am and 2pm-6pm

From November to February :

  • Open Saturday and Sunday and during school holidays
  • 10am-12.30am and 2pm-5pm

Closed : 1 January and  24, 25 and 31 December

Access and Accessibility


  • A9 Motorways, exit n°41 « Perpignan Nord »


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