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Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, Perigueux

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Founded in 1835, Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord functions as a site dedicated to archeology and ethnography. The museum has more than 2 km (1.2 miles) of permanent exhibitions showing about a tenth of its 45,000 works. Highlights include the fossil skeleton from Regourdou (a 90,000-year-old Neanderthal) and engraved reindeer from Limeuil. In 1857, the museum began to feature fine art--the current collection includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and architectural pieces, arranged by century. See Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord and all Perigueux has to offer by arranging your trip with our Perigueux route planning site.
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  • A nice way to spend an hour or so in Perigueux. The collections focus on prehistory (there are some interesting artifacts - mammoth tusks, flint axes etc) and art/sculpture. Its fairly well put... 
    A nice way to spend an hour or so in Perigueux. The collections focus on prehistory (there are some interesting artifacts - mammoth tusks, flint axes etc) and art/sculpture. Its fairly well put...  more »
  • This museum had many exhibits (although we had a hard time understanding some of the information because there was little in English) which presented the different cultures from about 30,000BC to... 
    This museum had many exhibits (although we had a hard time understanding some of the information because there was little in English) which presented the different cultures from about 30,000BC to...  more »
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  • While it’s commendable to gather up and study bits of flint and tools from ancient times, displaying them in a single large room is kind of a drag. Then when you throw in mediocre old painting the average viewer doesn’t really know what to do with it. It’s all housed in a beautiful building so what is the point of all this? On a side note, a comic book exhibit was as clever and interesting as it was random.
  • Beautiful building with passable displays. The immense collection of flint from the stone age fills the largest room in the museum and provides about as much stimulation as the most part of the artwork, which is a mediocre collection of some Dutch and medieval works as well as a tiny selection of local modern art. The most interesting display is in the courtyard where there are many columns, graves and carvings found in Perigeux. Luckily the price is low and free for children. Far better museums for prehistory in the area, eg the Lascaux cave centre, and to see artwork opt for a visit to one of the chateaus' private collections, eg Dinan.

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