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Montreal Families

Science Centre will feature cave paintings

More than 70 years ago, four teenagers in southwestern France stumbled into a cave of wonders, featuring over 2,000 images, painstakingly painted and etched on the walls by early homo sapiens. Although the cave of Lascaux was closed to the public in 1963, there is now a chance to discover this piece of human history by visiting the exhibition The Cave of Lascaux: Prehistoric Masterpieces, beginning April 17 at the Montreal Science Centre.

This international travelling exhibition features five life-sized replicas of original cave artwork, some of which have never before been presented to the public. The Montreal exhibition, which lasts until Sept. 14, is the only Canadian stop on the tour.

Visitors will have a chance to examine the images by simulated torchlight, as well as view multimedia presentations explaining the art’s history, preservation, and re-creation.  Life-sized sculptures of a Cro-Magnon family and artefacts from the Paleolithic period shed light on how our human ancestors lived nearly 20,000 years ago.

The Montreal Science Centre is located on King Edward Pier in the Old Port. Admission rates are $14 for adults, $13 for teens and $8.50 for children 12 and under or $39 for a family of four.

For more information, visit montrealsciencecentre.com.

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