Bristol Museum first in UK to host VR exhibition of groundbreaking Lascaux Caves

Last updated on Friday 1 March 2024

Experience the caves that re-wrote prehistory! The Cave Art of Lascaux exhibition is a new virtual reality exhibition coming to the UK for the first time.

Premiering at the Bristol Museum until September, you’ll be able to see the 21,000-year-old Lascaux Cave art come to life through VR. This exhibition is a rare glimpse of the paintings that rocked the history world and gave us a whole new perspective on the lives of our ancestors.

Visitors can explore the interactive VR caves of Lascaux

Discovered by a group of teenagers and their dog in 1940, the cave found in the southwest region of France has been closed to the public since 1963. Nearly six decades after it was closed to the public, you can see the “Sistine Chapel of the Stone Age” with its larger-than-life ancient paintings of horses, bison, rhinos, and bulls decorating the 235-metre-long cave.

Since the discovery, many of the paintings have suffered from extreme degradation and so sketches of the cave made by the teenagers are now used as study material. This VR exhibition is the closest you can now get to witnessing the caves as they would have been before discovery.

The Lascaux Caves have been preserved on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979, and researchers are still discovering the cave’s secrets and finding out more about how our prehistoric ancestors lived.

This exhibition encourages visitors to interact in the VR exploration as well as other elements designed to enhance the learning experience. You can explore the incredible artworks and “step” through the caves, try your hand at cave painting, and learn about the different techniques and technology required to create each chamber of art.

The exhibition allows groups of up to 8 people at a time to experience the virtual reality exhibition, there are also further educational materials throughout the exhibit to discover more about our ancient ancestors.

The Cave Art of Lascaux: a Virtual Reality Experience will be exhibited at the Bristol Museum until September 10. Get your tickets here.

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