- Saint-Césaire

Paléosite

Description

35,000 years ago in Saint-Césaire used to live Pierrette, a young Neanderthal woman whose remains were discovered in 1979.
The Paléosite, opened in 2005, focuses on her discovery and remains currently one of the most advanced museographic centers in the world.

This interpretation center is one of the most modern Prehistory museums in the world.
Equipped with the latest technologies, the Paleosite offers you the opportunity to meet Neanderthal in a covered and air-conditioned space of 2000 m2 with a 20-hectare natural and wooded park.

The program includes:
- 3 cinematic rooms, 3 interactive rooms, projections on large screens, quiz, Neanderthal & sapiens comparative station, life-size prehistoric animals.
- "In the footsteps of Pierrette": a unique experience in virtual reality where the visitors play a Neanderthal woman and find themselves a place in the clan of hunter-gatherers.
- The Paleosite will also host the traditional prehistoric weapons shooting championship with around 200 participants (amateurs, enthusiasts or families) over two days.
New in 2022: " Prehistoric Pirogue Operation ", a new event on prehistoric navigation ! Visitors will be able to take part in the fabrication of a Neolithic pirogue using the methods of the time!
They will also be able to take part in the daily activities: fire lighting and flint knapping demonstration, visit of the archaeological site of La Roche à Pierrot, throwing of sagaies with a propeller, prehistoric art workshop.

At PALEOSITE, get ready for a great trip back in time for the whole family!

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Services / Comfort

  • Coach access
  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours
  • Pets welcome
  • Room hire
  • Shop

Pets accepted

Equipements

  • Play area
  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Toilets
  • Air conditioning
  • Exhibition space
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Meeting room
  • Coach parking
  • Free car park

Opening

From 01/04 to 09/05/2022
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 7 pm. Daily between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 7 pm.

From 10/05 to 30/06/2022
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 7 pm.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2022, daily between 10.30 am and 7 pm.

From 01/09 to 06/11/2022
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 7 pm. Daily between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 7 pm.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Prices and means of payment

Adult: 10 €
Child: 6 €
Large family: 26 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years, children accompanied by an adult.

Means of payment

  • Cash
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Online payment
  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • American Express

Location

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Classification, labels and brands

Classification and labels

  • Michelin guide
  • Le Routard guide
  • Indoor
  • Bad weather alternative
  • Qualité Tourisme™

Accessibility

  • Mental disability
  • Physical disability

Area and capacity

  • Bathroom : 1

Environment

  • In the country
  • Village 2 km away

Things to see

Tours available in :

  • English
  • French

Individual visits

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Address

Paléosite

Route de la Montée Verte
17770 Saint-Césaire

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