This is the perfect wet-weather attraction as the limestone caves are most beautiful when it rains. Discovered in 1939, the grotte is one of the largest in France with a dazzling array of stalactites and stalagmites. The adjacent archaeological museum, Cité de la Préhistoire, houses ancient artifacts that have been brought alive through child-friendly exhibits, 3D animations, and drawings by artist-cum-archaeologist Benoit Clarys. This imaginatively developed archaeological experience leaves visitors of all ages with palpable ideas of how prehistoric men lived in Paleolithic to Iron Age times.
The Ardeche› Attraction
Le Grand Site de L’Aven Orgnac
Route de l’Aven, Orgnac-L’Aven
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Daily Feb and Mar 10am–12:30pm and 2–6pm; Apr–Sept 9:30am–7pm; Oct to mid-Nov 9:30am–1pm and 2–6pm Phone 04-75-39-65-10 Prices Admission 13€ adults; 10.40€ students and adults with three or more children; 8.50€ children ages 6–14; free for children 5 and under Web site Le Grand Site de L’Aven Orgnac Other Check website for special opening hours during school and bank holidays