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The Thot

Experiment with cave art from a playful scientific approach !


The Thot offers an approach to cave art in introduction or as a complement to the Lascaux International Centre visit. During an unaccompanied visit of approximately one hour, come discover various spaces exploring the relationship between animals and man.

With the 3D animated film, revisit the climate cycles over 2 million years and their consequences for the evolution of humans and animals. You will understand why Cro-Magnon settled in Dordogne, leaving exceptional artistic vestiges such as the Lascaux cave. The time mirror, an augmented reality activity, provides a unique interactive experience to encounter animal species familiar to Cro-Magnon: mammoth, cave bear, spotted hyena, megaloceros…Discover the gestures and techniques of prehistoric artists in a museum display dedicated to their daily life. Using a completely new method of black lighting, the engravings in the Nave of Lascaux will be wonderfully revealed to you. To complete your visit, an animal park will allow you to compare the animals depicted at Lascaux with their live descendants: aurochs, deer, bison, Przewalski‘s horses… And last of all, test your knowledge with your family on your tablet with the interactive game “Questions for an ice cube”, centred on themes discovered during your visit. Available in 10 languages, this game attracted more than 40,000 players in 2015. 

Le Thot also offers a large selection of participatory workshops for young and old: cave art, archaeological digs, introduction to flint knapping…


Celebrate your birthday at the Thot !


A birthday is a special day. Offer your child an unforgettable birthday party! Enjoy exciting activities and enriching experiences in an exceptional setting! Keep your calm and enjoy the party with the children !

Wednesdays and Saturdays (book in advance)


Take advantage of our 1-hour pedagogical workshops for young and old !


Discussions with a scientifically trained instructor will broaden your technical knowledge of the various elements discovered at Lascaux:

Cave art: introduction to the painting techniques of our Cro-Magnon ancestor (Beginning at 5 years old)

Archaeological digs: like an archaeologist, discover, unearth and identify vestiges preserved in the ground. (Beginning at 7 years old)

Cro-Magnon hunter: discover their natural environment, inventory of prehistoric hunting and fishing tools, introduction to the spear-thrower. (Beginning at 7 years old)

Lamp making: fire was an indispensable element for Cro-Magnon’s survival in his environment. This workshop elucidates the manufacture of grease lamps. (Beginning at 7 years old)



Prehistoric ornaments workshop: Create your prehistoric necklace using materials found during excavations at Lascaux. (Beginning at 5 years old)

Introduction to flint knapping: experiment with the art of fashioning a tool. (Beginning at 7 years old)


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