The museum

DISCOVER ... A museum at the eponymous site *



In Aurignac, in the heart of the Petites Pyrénées, the Aurignacian museum displays the material and cultural traces left by the first anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens), who lived in Europe about 36,000 years ago.


The exhibits are spread in a modern museum space, light and accessible. The tour displays original collections, facsimiles of some remarkable artefacts, maps, timelines, graphics, illustrations and short films showing experimental archaeology, all of which all help us understand the lives of our distant ancestors.


Workshops, temporary exhibitions, meetings with researchers and a series of events open to all complete the visit, and allow visitors to better understand the lifestyles of these populations.


* eponymous - that which gives its name to something. Aurignac gave its name to the Aurignacian culture, which extended into Europe between 39,000 and 28,000 years ago.