After many years and euros the 'Musee
de la Prehistoire',
by German architect Bernd Hoge
and built within the chateau grounds of Le Grand
Pressigny, finally opened its doors in September 2009.
The reason for its location here is that Prehistoric man lived in
this area - attracted by the abundant high-quality flint which could
be fashioned into
Its opening has caused a bit of debate within the local community - much of it centring around the modern design addition
to the existing chateau. We reserve judgement on this issue as it
does work internally and provides a great location for what is
ostensibly a collection of rocks! The rock in question here is
flint and Le
Grand Pressigny flint ( 'silex pressignien' ) is probably the most famous siliceous material
in Europe as well as the most
widely distributed raw material in prehistory.
The architect has successfully blended the new building onto
the existing one and has probably been allowed to be over generous
with the space allocated, making the building itself part of the
exhibition. The majority of exhibits are actually housed within
older parts of the chateau accessed from the new building.
In the underground caves
there is a video show showing how to 'work' the flint on display and
you can understand why it was popular as tools and weapons.
On the first floor a great deal of space is allocated to the
history of the chateau - the picture on the right is a copy of one
displayed there - although this information and indeed all the
information within the museum is only in French but you can pick up
an audio guide in English from the reception.
On the ground floor there is another video presentation
area and access to the rooms of the existing chateau that will be
home to temporary exhibitions.
The museum is open (10.00am -6.00pm) every day except Tuesdays, all the year
elk) has been installed to add more interest to the outside
space and connect it to the collections inside. The species
apparently became extinct around 10.000BC
Official website of Museum
pop into the The Hôtel Gouin
on Rue de Commerce as it also gives some details of the
importance of both here and nearby Barrou to
The building itself is worth a look.
Le Grand Pressigny
Museum of Prehistory
From 10am - 6.00pm
Adults € 5.50
Children € 4.50
(under 7 years free)
Free Parking for cars and buses