This magnificent and newly revamped museum of prehistory at Le Grand-Pressigny re-opened in September 2009. It covers human history in the surrounding district from the Middle Paleolithic until the decline in importance of flint in favor of bronze.
The museum presents the evolution of the tools used, the changing lives of prehistoric peoples including their burial practices and the social and economic changes from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age.
While all this may be of interest to some or many visitors, for me the star of the show is the new museum building itself (below). It’s ultra modern and totally compliments the remains of the original defensive fortress which was originally built there about in the middle ages (c.1193) with Renaissance modifications. Strong feelings abound regarding the modernist/minimalist style of the new buildings ~ anacdotally this seems to be coming from English ex-pats ~ but it is a typically daring example of the best of late 20th and 21st Century French architecture; top quality materials, superb craftsmanship creating contemporary buildings and structural additions which stand, tastefully and unashamedly, alongside much older structures. For me it’s stunning, liberating, fresh and a great contribution to Europe’s historic buildings-in-waiting ready for future generations to visit and enjoy.
If you want to visit the beautiful town of Le Grand-Pressigny, its museum and Chateau (the southernmost of all the Loire Chateaux) then Thursday could be a good day when there’s a small, early morning market in the town square.
For more details or to contact the Museum visit: www.prehistoiregrandpressigny.fr