Grotte Chauvet 2 – Ardèche

Tourist attractions

Discover the first masterpiece of humanity from 36000 years ago: hundreds of hunting, running or fighting animals drawn from life.
In a 20 hectare park, the grotte Chauvet II - Ardèche (largest cave replica in the world) recreates the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Chauvet cave.

When you come to the grotte Chauvet 2 - Ardèche, you’ll be moved as you discover humanity’s most ancient masterwork, just 36,000 years old. In the midst of the stalagmites, stalactites and other outlandish concretions, the Cave unfurls its treasure of engravings, paintings and stumps in a space covering over 3,000 square metres. The visit follows the twists and turns of the cave’s morphology. So that visitors can understand all the cave’s wonders, guides take them through to the heart of the replica. Audio guides in French and in ten other languages are also provided free of charge. At the replica exit, specialists answer questions from the most curious of visitors. After exploring the replica, visitors continue the immersion with the permanent exhibition. This exhibition introduces you to Palaeolithic people, their myths, and their world. Life-size animal replicas —such as mammoths, bears, lions, and rhinoceroses—also make this a time travel experience. The exhibition also has touch screen terminals and interactive devices that all kinds of visitors can enjoy. There is a room specifically meant to take you behind the scenes of the project. It covers the challenges of restoration and the key stages of the replica construction. After the visit, you can make the experience last longer on the restaurant terrace. The menu offers the flavours of Ardèche, and draws inspiration from prehistoric recipes: grilled meat and seasonal products will satisfy the appetite of present-day gourmet hunter-gatherers!
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To appreciate this visit, children must be aged 3 or above Wheelchairs are available on request at reception and at the entrance to the cave

Spoken languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch

Sort

  • Museum

Themes

  • Fine Arts
  • Arts and culture
  • Sacred art
  • History
  • Prehistoric
  • Sciences and technology
  • Painting
  • Anthropology
  • Archeological

Accessibility

  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Physical disability
  • Visual disability

Opening

From 19/05 to 31/12, daily.

Benefits

Services provided

  • Set down on-site for groups
  • Educational visits
  • Themed tour
  • Tourist brochures
  • Booking obligatory
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Guided tours
  • Ticketing in number

Equipment

  • Orientation board
  • Coach parking
  • Private parking
  • Free car park
  • Entertainments room
  • Public WC
  • Car park
  • Defibrillator
  • Toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Exhibition space

Prices

Full price: 17 € Teenager: 8.50 € Child: 0 €. Free entry for children < 10 years, children accompanied by an adult. Group rate available for > 20 people.

Means of payment

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cheque
  • Pass’Région
  • Cash
  • Chèques Vacances

Capacity

  • Maximum group size: 28
  • Minimum group size : 20

Activities

  • Handicrafts workshops
  • Activity
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Children's entertainment

Access

Environment

  • In the country
  • Mountain view
  • Isolated
  • Close to GR footpath