(Drawing by Wilson)

Terra Amata is the name of the place where the first known inhabitants of Nice used to live, not far from the museum. They settled here 400,000 years ago. That's a very long time and they really are among the first europeans. As a comparison you should know that the Lascaux cave paintings are 17.000 years old only. 25 times less.

The place was searched in the sixties by Henry de Lumley. See hominides.com if you can read French to know more about this paleolitic settlement.

The museum isn't very large and is a bit old fashioned. It exhibits traces of these people, objects, tools, model reconstitutions which wil enables children (but not only) to imagine what kind of life they had. You can visit the museum within an hour and therefore it won't bore your children.

The entrance ticket entitles you to visit the Roman archeology museum and the Natural History museum at no extra cost, within 48 hours.

The museum is located East of the harbour, at the start of the "Basse Corniche".

Musée Terra Amata
25 bvd Carnot, Nice
Open every day 10am to 6pm, but on tuesdays and some public holidays. On mondays, visits are limited to groups.

 

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