Aven d'Orgnac - Grand Site de France - The City of Prehistory

  • salle du musée© ©S. Baur - Aven d'Orgnac
  • maquette© ©S. Baur - Aven d'Orgnac
  • Cité de la Préhistoire© ©A.Boxberger
  • animation secrets du feu© ©S. Baur - Aven d'Orgnac
  • salle animaux© ©S. Baur - Aven d'Orgnac
  • atelier chasse© ©S. Baur - Aven d'Orgnac
  • Cité de la Préhistoire© ©R.Alauzen
  • Salle De Joly Aven d'Orgnac© ©P. Crochet - Aven d'Orgnac
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On the Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, the Cité de la Préhistoire - a modern, playful museographic space with the Musée de France label - evokes 350,000 years of human adventures through authentic collections of local remains of human occupation.
>>>> Understanding the age-old history of the earth and its inhabitants
Situated just a stone's throw from the Gorges de l'Ardèche, Aven d'Orgnac is a unique site in several respects: classified for its scientific value, it has been awarded the "Grand site de France" label for its sustainable management of an exceptional natural site. It offers a wide range of activities in the same area, enabling visitors to understand both the geological evolution of the area and its occupation by man over the course of time, notably at the Cité de la Préhistoire.

To visit the Cité de la Préhistoire is to experience a moving face-to-face encounter with our ancestors, and to better understand who these not-so-distant men and women were!

In this museographic space, spanning 350,000 years of human adventures - from the Middle Paleolithic to the First Iron Age - authentic objects from excavations in the Ardèche and northern Gard regions are presented in a redesigned museography, featuring multi-player touch tables, engaging soundscapes, explanatory videos, life-size illustrations and more. A modern, emotionally-charged visit that offers a fresh look at the remains on display, and depending on the season, the chance to try out prehistoric activities such as fire, flint and darts!

>>>> Discover the Grand Site de France
Continue your visit to the Grand Site de France with the Grotte d'Orgnac, which adjoins the Cité de la Préhistoire.
Its gigantic volumes and the beauty of its subterranean landscapes are astonishing. Giant palms, translucent fistulas, eccentrics, candlesticks, organ cases, columns, ochre-coloured draperies, clay fir trees... coiled in balance beneath ceilings up to 55 metres high.

The Grotto and the Cité de Préhistoire: two reasons to marvel at the past!
Opening day(s)

From Thursday 01 February to Friday 15 November 2024

Every day

From Saturday 21 December 2024 to Sunday 05 January 2025

Every day

Exceptionally closed : Wednesday 25 December 2024

Exceptionally closed : Wednesday 01 January 2025

General Informations
  • Parking :
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
    • Car park
  • National :
    • Famille Plus
    • Qualité Tourisme™
  • Service :
    • disabled person access
    • Free WIFI
  • Type :
    • Museums


01/02/2024 - 05/01/2025
Child11.00€de 6 à 17 ans inclus
Student13.00€sur présentation d'un justificatif
Job seeker13.00€sur présentation d'un justificatif
Large family13.00€pour 2 adultes accompagnés d'au moins 3 enfants
Audioguide2.00€pour la visite de la Cité de la Préhistoire
Adult: 16 €
Child: 11 €
Student: 13 €
Job seeker: 13 €
Large family: 13 €
Audioguide: 2 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.


Aven d'Orgnac - Grand Site de France - La Cité de la Préhistoire
2240 route de l'Aven
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 44.318361
Longitude : 4.412499
Aven d'Orgnac - Grand Site de France - The City of Prehistory
2240 route de l'Aven
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