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Solutré, Musée départemental de Préhistoire

The Solutré Museum presents the collections from one of the richest prehistoric sites in Europe. This was a hunting site used for for over 25,000 years by men of the Upper Paleolithic Age (from 35,000 to 10,000 B.C.), who came to hunt, dismember and smoke thousands of horses and reindeer. The Solutré archeological and botanical park, laid out on the archeological site, completes the visit to the museum. It lets you discover a wide variety of vegetable species that are characteristic of this area as well as the key results of the archeological digs.

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Main collections

See gallery
The items on display at Solutré provide a full panorama of the various research works carried out at the site since its discovery. We can thus see the items brought up to date by the pre-historians of the end of the 19th century, A. Arcelin, H. de Ferry and Abbot Ducrost, and those uncovered in the latest digs, undertaken by Jean Combier between 1967 and 1978. These items could be put on display at the Solutré museum thanks to two gifts, from the Museum of the Ursulines in Mâcon for the collections of Arcelin and Ferry, and from the government for the collections from the excavations between 1967 and 1977.

Further information
Knowledge base
To discover the national collections, you can access the databases of the Ministry of Culture :

Joconde database
Practical information
Musée départemental de Préhistoire
71960 Solutré-Pouilly

tel. : 03 85 35 85 24
fax : 03 85 35 86 83

e-mail :

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library - lecture hall - shop - access for the handicapped - lift - picture library - documentation room.
in January, February, March, October, November: from 10am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 5pm
from April to September: from 10am to 6pm. Museum closed in December, 1st January and 1st May.

Entrance fees
Full price: 3.5 euros
Reduced price: 2 euros
Free for the 18 year olds and every first Sunday of the month

Display special rates
Also at the museum

Museum shop
The shop is open the same hours as the museum and in particular offers a large choice of publications and books for children.
The museum's documentation centre is open by appointment from Monday to Friday. Many works about the prehistory, archeology and site of Solutré.