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Natural history museum at Balalazuc, Ardèche, France

Immerse yourself in the origins of Ardèche and rule the mysteries of Life ! A spectacular adventure in the universe of fossils turning the clock back.

Over 350 m², stones and fossils tell us 500 millions years of earth story including the outstanding jurassic marine wildlife from the depths of Ardèche exposed its sharks, squilds, lobsters and octopuses and an impressive deposit of momified animals and plants well conserved into the diatomite, a stone formed thanks to volcanisme, 8 million years ago

“We will be happy to make you discover the geologic wonders of the Ardèche conserved in our nhm and some  of the most outstandings of the world fossils.”

Emmanuelle Riou, Mehdi Bennourine, Bernard Riou, Co-founders

Come and discover …

The village of Balazuc

At the hearth of the Gorges de L’Ardèche, at the door of the Geopark UNESCO des Monts d’Ardèche, the Muséum of Ardèche is located in a a fantastic naturel and historic environment. Appearing to be clinging to a rock above the Ardèche river, this medieval village has the classification of “The most beautiful villages of France”.

Dreaming landscapes set

The Ardèche offers different and beautiful landscapes telling us a 550 million years long story. A mountain tray of ancient granite rock with a substantial thickness layer of volcanic rocks ; Huge deposits of marine sands dug by erosion and forming natural marvels like Le Pont d’Arc.

A travel to the origins

Our natural history museum explains the story of life and show the interest we have for our fascinating environment. Discover La cité de la Préhistoire and La Caverne du Pont d’Arc and have a complete story of the prehistoric period, and one of the most impressive Man appropriation of Nature with the Chauvet Cave paintings.


Many other museums, cultural and leisure sites …

30 sites for 31 €

Organize your program over 3, 6 days or year-round and enjoy an access free of charge to the partner tourist sites of the operation. To withdraw your Pass’Ardèche purchached online, present yourself with your booking confirmation and your identity card at the first visited site. Also for sale in tourist sites or tourist offices participating in the operation

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Société d’Exploitation du Muséum

Muséum de l’Ardèche
La Croisette 07120 BALAZUC

+33(0)4 28 40 00 35

SIRET 810 569 434 00014