Welcome to new Lascaux ... just like the real Lascaux
Long-awaited €57million replica of prehistoric art gallery will open in December 2015
The long-awaited €57million 'Lascaux 4' centre in Dordogne opens on December 15, with the grand new title of Le Centre International de l’Art Pariétal Montignac-Lascaux.
The original caves (Lascaux 1), which were discovered in 1940, contain a massive collection of cave art dating back 20,000 years. The caves were closed to the public in 1963 to preserve them - and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
The replica Lascaux 2 opened in 1983, and has welcomed 10 million visitors.
Travelling exhibition Lascaux 3 was launched in 2012. It has so far visited Bordeaux, Brussels, Paris, Geneva, Chicago, Houston, Montreal, South Korea, and Japan.
Lascaux 4 will feature a complete replica of the entire caves, complete with copies of all the ancient artworks, down to the most minute detail - including lighting, temperature, humidity, and acoustics. There will also be displays showing how the region would have looked 20,000 years ago, and a visitor centre explaining the background and history of the site.