Exhibition opening: Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux

Houston Museum of Natural Science

In 1940 in Dordogne, France, four boys stumbled upon a long forgotten cave, a jewel of prehistoric art and a major archeological revelation. The cave was named Lascaux. Now a World Heritage site, Lascaux has been dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Prehistory.

With their evocative imagery, the cave paintings quickly gained recognition as the world's premier example of prehistoric art. Lascaux attracted more than one million visitors between 1948 and 1963, when the French government closed the cave to the public in order to preserve the ancient masterpieces.

Now, visitors to the Houston Museum of Natural Science can experience the same thrill of discovery felt by those young cave explorers more than 70 years ago. Through March 23, 2014, Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux will feature full-size replicas of the paintings.

Visitors will walk through a cave-like gallery and discover paintings such as the Great Cow Panel, Swimming Stags Frieze, Crossed Bison Panel and Shaft Scene, which have never before been reproduced.



Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030


$20 - $25
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