Did you know that during the third millennium before the Christian era, southern Touraine possessed one of the largest flint sharpening workshops in western Europe, and that its products were exported beyond today’s French borders? The Grand-Pressigny prehistory museum invites you to discover the daily lives of master sharpeners at the end of the Neolithic Era and to understand how it was that their emblematic activity typified the economic, cultural and social reality of the epoch.  

Given the wealth of its collections, which explain its being classified as a “historic monument”, the Grand-Pressigny prehistory museum constitutes a unique resource center on silex.  The museum presents the stone’s characteristics along with the intelligence of human beings who have been availing themselves of its particularities for close to 100,000 years. 

Rendered fully approachable by family-friendly pedagogical supports, the museum’s collection enables visitors to get better acquainted with French prehistory, from the Neanderthal man to the Bronze Age. What with playful workshops, lively demonstrations and remarkable exhibitions, the museum fulfills a key role in the heart of a surprising complex containing vestiges of a medieval fortress, a Renaissance castle wing, and a new modern building. 

To facilitate your immersion in prehistory, in the château courtyard of the museum offers  for your perusal its reconstitution of an encampment of prehistoric Ice Age hunters with life-size reproductions of emblematic animals dating back to that long-gone epoch. 

Photo gallery

Visits

  • Average duration of the individual visit : 01h30
  • Average duration of the group visit : 01h30
  • Available languages
    • Panneaux : French
    • Parlées : French, English, Spanish

Activities

  • Specific theme activities
  • Adult workshop
  • Junior workshop
  • Conferences
  • Temporary exhibitions

Opening time

From April 01 to June 30, 2019
Monday10 AM - 06 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 06 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 06 PM
Thursday10 AM - 06 PM
Friday10 AM - 06 PM
Saturday10 AM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
From July 01 to August 31, 2019
Monday10 AM - 07 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 07 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 07 PM
Thursday10 AM - 07 PM
Friday10 AM - 07 PM
Saturday10 AM - 07 PM
Sunday10 AM - 07 PM
From 01 to September 30, 2019
Monday10 AM - 06 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 06 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 06 PM
Thursday10 AM - 06 PM
Friday10 AM - 06 PM
Saturday10 AM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
From October 01 to December 31, 2019
Monday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wenesday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Thursday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Friday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Saturday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on closing times : Tuesday

Prices

Full adult price : € 6.00

Free rate - 7 years old, unemployed, guides, journalists, photographs

Discount rate : € 5.00 7/18 years old, students, large families, teachers, disabled & guide, tourist pass

Audioguide extra charge : € 2.50

Group rate : € 5.00

Other rates : € 4.00

Annual subscription pass : € 16.00

Further information

Labels

  • Qualité Tourisme
    Qualité Tourisme

Payment method

  • Carte bleue
  • Postal or bank cheques
  • Holiday vouchers
  • Cash

Services and equipments

  • Shop
  • Picnic area
  • Parking