The “Sistine Chapel Of Prehistory” at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

Press release


Scenes From The Stone Age: The Cave Paintings Of Lascaux Opening Oct. 18

HOUSTON, TX, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 – On September 12, 1940 in Dordogne, France, in the commune of Montignac, four boys - Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Simon Coencas and Georges Agniel, and their dog stumbled upon a long forgotten cave-a jewel of prehistoric art and a major archaeological 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 (pronounced Lass- KOH ) attracted over 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. On Oct. 18, 2013 through March 23, 2014, explore Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux , a special exhibition featuring full-size replicas of the paintings, including some shown for the first time to the public. They are the most technically accurate reproductions of the cave paintings ever done.

Visitors 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.

Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux was created by The General Council of Dordogne, with support provided by the Regional Council of Aquitaine, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the European Union. The worldwide tour is organized by the SPL Lascaux, international exhibition. Official sponsors are Delpeyrat and Maïsadour.

For more information, please see the link press release below.


Micheline Morissonneau
Director of Marketing and Press Relations
Dordogne Tourism Board
Tel: 011-33-(0) 5 53 35 50 05