2240, route de l'Aven
07150 ORGNAC L'AVEN
Aven d’Orgnac – Grand Site de France, cave and Cité de la Préhistoire
The Aven d’Orgnac – Grand site de France is a major site, located in Ardèche, which includes two distinct entities: the famous cave and the Cité de la Préhistoire.
It’s a story that begins a hundred million years ago, stretching from the formation of the limestone rock right up until the discovery of the Aven d’Orgnac, in 1935, which now allows visitors to admire the gigantic underground chambers and their majestic crystal formations.
It’s a human story too, from the very first fire-lit tales and the thousands of flint blades that were sharpened here, more than 350,000 years ago, to the continuing educational work at the Cité de la Préhistoire. Come learn a little and dream a lot, surrounded by birdsong and the chanting of the cicadas…
The Aven d’Orgnac offers many activities and animations throughout the year. Discover them on
https://www.orgnac.com/infos-pratiques/evenements-agenda and go on an adventure. Type(s) de concrétions
Organ buffets - Column - Draperies - Palm trees - Piles of plates - Pine cones - Swords
Geological - Scientific
Type(s) de roche
Means of payment :
Credit card - Cheques - Online payment - Cash - Administrative mandate - Holiday voucher
Cave equipments Site equipments :
Temporary exhibition 2021-2022
JEWELS, STONES, PAPUANS… PREHISTORIANS IN NEW GUINEA
The Cité de la Préhistoire d’Orgnac-L’Aven presents part of the collection from New Guinea (Indonesia) collected by Anne-Marie and Pierre Pétrequin, prehistorian researchers at the CNRS. This collection of objects was gathered during scientific missions between 1984 and 2002: axes, bows, arrows and Papuan ornaments. “The study of these objects from the daily life of the Papuan tribes allows us to revise certain interpretations of the archaeological remains, particularly from the Neolithic period.
In collaboration with the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale, Domaine de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Prehistory animation
Come and meet the prehistoric human in you!
Forgotten gestures and guided tours.
How was fire made in prehistoric times? How did prehistoric men hunt?
In order to relive the gestures of our ancestors, our animators propose the demonstration “Secrets of fire” and the workshop “Hunting with the assegai” outside, every day, around the Cité de la Préhistoire. Oenological visit
Neovinum, visits and wine tastings! 50 meters underground, discover the wines of the Ardèche Winegrowers and in particular, the Côte du Vivarais appellation, matured in one of the most spectacular cellars in Ardèche, the Aven d’Orgnac. Continue the experience by discovering the grandiose rooms of the cave and finish with the sound and light show.
Theater under the stars
THE DRAGON, BY THE ATHOME THEATER COMPANY
An open-air comedy in the heart of the terraced gardens of the Aven d’Orgnac Grand Site de France.
Enter the wonderful world of tales. And if the animals spoke. And if dragons existed.
It is an entertainment. A tale for the whole family.
To save the young woman he loves, a knight comes to rescue a village from the tyranny of a dragon. And we will watch as the village manages to free itself from its fantastic oppressor. But he can’t help but create a new one in human form. Fortunately, thanks to the strength of a rebellious young woman, the villagers will finally succeed in getting rid of all forms of oppression. Panoramic descent
An unforgettable abseiling : a panoramic view on the immense rooms of the cave !
A magical 50 meters descent by abseiling through the natural entrance of the Aven d’Orgnac. Treasure hunt
The Grand Site de l’Aven d’Orgnac offers you a new permanent animation, to do all year long.
With friends or family, go in search of the Maubois treasure. Questions, speed and observation challenges, mime games, map reading… a dozen tests await you along a hiking trail in the shade of the oaks. You will discover the local heritage (dolmen, charbonnière, lavogne, lapiaz, etc.) and maybe even the Maubois treasure. Spéléominot
Introduction to caving for 7 to 12 year olds!
Do you want to climb between the hidden stalagmites of the Aven d’Orgnac ?
Speleominot offers a secure course specially designed for 7-12 years old : sparkling stalagmites and stalactites, boulders to climb, discovery of new hidden rooms, mini via-cordata,etc. Criminal Investigation at the Museum
The museum curator has been murdered and the scientific team of the Orgnac Criminal Brigade needs reinforcements.
Microscope manipulations, skull study, logic…will you be able to solve this enigma?
Come and have fun with your family or friends by testing your talents as a scientific investigator in this life-size game. Underground Vertigo
A sublime and aerial via-cordata to discover the ceiling of the Aven d’Orgnac !
Dare to awaken the adventurer in you!
The Grand Site of Aven d’Orgnac proposes initiatory explorations of the multiple underground landscapes. Lovers of vertical sensations will not miss “le Vertige souterrain”, a sumptuous underground via-cordata.
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