Chauvet Cave, probably the oldest art gallery, is now open to the public

… thanks to Virtual Reality!

The Chauvet Cave, a 36,000-year-old art gallery, normally closed to the public, opens to everyone through immersive technology.

Chauvet cave art gallery

Virtual Visit

The cave can be visited thanks to a virtual reality (VR) experience created by

DEVELOPERS: Atlas V, Novelab, Google Arts & Culture

and it can be used thanks to the Stream platform, link to the Cave.

Explore the prehistoric cave of Chauvet, France, from your computer.

The first masterpiece of our humanity was created 36,000 years ago in Ardèche, France. Inside the Chauvet cave there are thousands of drawings, closed forever to the public because they are difficult to reach and too delicate to withstand visitor traffic.
The Dawn of Art is a virtual reality experience, which includes both an immersive film and a virtual tour of the cave that invites you to meet your prehistoric ancestors, the first humans who ventured into a deep underground world and who left their marks on the walls and that have come down to us.

Chauvet cave ancient art gallery

Where is the Chauvet Cave located?

The Chauvet cave takes its name from its discoverer, the speleologist Jean-Marie Chauvet, and is located in France, near Vallon-Pont-d’Arc in Ardèche (Rhône-Alpes region). Its discovery dates back to 18 December 1994 by the speleologist and photographer Jean-Marie Chauvet, accompanied by two friends, Éliette Brunel and Christian Hillaire. Chauvet had systematically explored the area in search of archaeological caves, believing that the area could give an important find. And in fact, after discovering and exploring more than twenty caves with paintings, graffiti and artifacts, he found the magnificent cave that now bears his name.

Here’s where Vallon-Pont-d’Arc is located (the cave is closed to the public):


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