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Musée des Antiquités nationales
Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Tel : +33 (1) 34 51 53 65
Telecopy +33 (1) 34 51 73 93
Open every day except on Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 5.15 PM
Price listCharge for admission : 23 F, reduced price 16 F,
RER : line A : Saint-Germain-en-Laye, exit "château" (castle). Bus : line 158
By car : RN13, exit Saint-Germain-en-Laye city center, RER car Park
During the exhibition, guided visits are organized for individual visitors. Meeting Point at the ticket office of the Museum. During Easter holidays : special visit (parents/children), every day at 2 PM. INFORMATION : Cultural Service - Tel : + 33 (1) 34 51 65 36
Prehistoric Art of the Pyrenees on France Culture
France Culture supports the exhibition. Two broadcasts are programmed :
Archaeological broadcast on Saturday April 6, 1.40 PM-2 PM, with the participation of Marie-Hélène Thiault and Jean-Bernard Roy, Heads of the exhibition
Scientific perspectivesweek April 8-11, 7.30 PM-8 PM. Prehistorians review various aspects of the Magdalenian culture, art but also fauna, flora and exchanges between human groups.
Prehistoric flutes for Music Festival
During the Music Festival a musicologist will play various flutes remade out of prehistoric flutes of animal material discovered during archaeological diggings.
There existed no frontier between Spain and France. The exhibition displays several hundreds of artefacts (decorated tools and weapons, engravings and carvings on bone, cervidae antler, stone or ivory). Those artefacts enable the visitors to understand the cultural unity and the specificity of this area during Magdalenian times, 15 000 years ago.
For six millenium the hunter-gatherers of the end of the Ice Age have produced a remarkable art. The topics of this art essentially involve the great wild fauna (horses, bisons, ibex, stags, reindeers) and occasionally less usual animals such as bears and felidae. Man himself is seldom represented and if so, as a masked or caricaturized or "bestial" figure.
For this exhibition, precious and fragile artefacts, usually kept in storage are shown to the public !
Catalogue of the exhibition, 376 pages, edited by RMN, 350 F.