Lascaux is the home to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century in all its artistic, digital, anthropological aspects. Discovered in 1940 by four teenagers and decorated with polychrome paintings 20,000 years old, it was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979. The intricate and mystical paintings decorating the walls are primarily of large animals and local fauna corresponding with the fossil recorded during the Upper Paleolithic time. The drawings are the combined effort of many generations and the complete replica of the original cave is the culmination of three years of work in the Perigord Facsimile Studio. This new space welcomes visitors, inviting them to contemplate the works and experience the authentic emotion felt at the discovery of the cave, to observe and enquire into the reasons for its existence and to reflect on the environmental and cultural context in which it was decorated.

A bit of history
1940 : Discovery of Lascaux
September 12, 1940, on the hill overlooking Montignac village, a team of 4 teenagers made one of the most prestigious 20th century archaeological discoveries. This cave was classified as an Historical Monument in December 1940.

1979 : UNESCO classification​
Lascaux is listed as a World Heritage Site and receives the Label UNESCO.​

2012 : Introduction of the tour “Lascaux, the International Exhibition”
With the mineral wall molding, the Dordogne General Council, using new technology, carried out restoration and reproduction of the Nave and the pit scene in Lascaux 2.

2016 : Montignac-Lascaux Parietal Art International Centre (CIAP)
The whole Lascaux cave is the essential part of Montignac-Lascaux Parietal Art international Centre. This equipment is focused on Lascaux cave, new image technologies and virtual mediation.