Musée de Préhistoire de Terra Amata

An elephant-hunters’ camp dating back 400,000 years, where the first traces of domestication of fire in the world have been discovered.

This deposit is known throughout the world as it revealed the oldest known habitations in human history. The museum presents the behaviour and way of life of the first inhabitants of Nice who located their huts on a beach and hunted elephant, rhinoceros and deer. The museum has been completely renovated for the 50th anniversary of the dig at the site. It now offers a modern museography including the latest discoveries and offering visitors a new interactive and fun visit.

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Opening periods

From 02/05 to 31/10 between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.

From 01/11 to 30/04 between 10 am and 5 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

Accepted payment methods

  • Credit card payment
  • Bank checks
  • Holiday vouchers
  • Cash


Full price: 5 €
Group adults: 4 €.

Free entry for children 10 people.

Museum Pass offered to all residents of Nice and the municipalities of the Nice Côte d'Azur metropolitan area, giving free access to all museums and municipal galleries (you must have an identity document and proof of residence less than 3 months old).

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