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Grand Site of the Aven d'Orgnac

The Grand Site de France of Aven d'Orgnac offers a breathtaking natural spectacle! It brings together the City of Prehistory, the Cave of extraordinary dimensions. 

A modern and fun museum space 



The Pre-Neanderthals lived 350,000 years ago near the balsams around the Aven d'Orgnac.


To visit the City of Prehistory is to experience a moving face-to-face with our ancestors and better understand who these children, women and men not so far from us were!


This modern and playful museographic space, which spans 350,000 years of human adventures, develops the long term and finally gives to see authentic objects in the window.


Completely renovated in 2014, it explains the prehistory of Western Europe. Games tables, fire demonstrations, flint and spear shooting and other prehistoric activities offer a new look at the remains on display, from excavations in Ardèche and northern Gard.

The Grotto, which adjoins the City of Prehistory, surprises with its gigantic volumes and the beauty of its underground landscapes. Giant palm trees, translucent fistulas, eccentrics, candles, organ cases, columns, ocher draperies, clay fir trees... coiled in balance under ceilings that can reach up to 55 meters high. Dizzying feeling!


For sports enthusiasts and nature lovers, the Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac also offers a wide choice of activities!

Speleological outings (on reservation): the Underground Vertigo, a unique experience allowing you to evolve in the ceilings of the Grotte de l'Aven d'Orgnac, the Historical Descent, a 50m abseiling descent through the natural entrance to the cave or the Combined combining the two services, enough to satisfy the most daring! More information on the website

On the outskirts of the Grand Site, the Circuit de Maubois, the site of Baume-de-Ronze are other pretexts for a leisurely stroll, the exploration of local heritage and the discovery of a variety of fauna and flora. and typical. Guided hikes are organized from time to time, accompanied by a guide from the Cité de la Préhistoire.

Playgrounds, picnic areas, catering areas and regional products will enhance your day at the Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

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