Bandeau guide visites

Tours for adults

Guided tours

Our guided tours 


Guided tours in French are available for adults and young people (13 years upwards, unless otherwise stated). The tours are led by the national guides of the Réunion des Musées nationaux-Grand Palais.

Lectures on the Collections and the Château

The National Archaeological Museum has the greatest collection of prehistoric art in the world, as well as one of the richest archaeological collections in Europe. It conserves for you, and for future generations, three million objects from all the periods of Prehistory to the Merovingian Era. A total of 29,000 archaeological objects are presented, tracing the artistic, religious and daily life of men and women who first lived in France.

The château, which houses these collections, is a key location in the history of France. In fact, all the kings, from Louis VI in the 12th century to Louis XIV before he went to Versailles, lived in this place, whose current design was the work of Francois I. Today, although the château is no longer furnished, it is possible, through its architecture and the layout of its rooms, to relive the great events as well as the everyday stories in the history of France and its sovereigns.

General tours by department


These tours enable the visitor to explore the collections or to acquire a better understanding of a specific subject.

60 minute tours:

    The Palaeolithic Period
    The Neolithic Period
    The Bronze Age
    Gaulish Society
    Roman Gaul
    The Dawn of the Middle Ages

90 minute tours:

    Masterpieces and curiosities
    The Palaeolithic and Neolithic Periods
    Roman and Merovingian Gaul
    The Comparative Archaeology Room
    The Piette Room

Themed tours


These tours enable the visitor to explore the collections through a theme.

Duration: 60 mins

    The First Hunters
    The First Villages
    Living in the Time of the Gauls
    Life in the Gallo-Roman Campaigns
    Gods and Heroes in Gallo-Roman Antiquity
    At the Dawn of the Middle Ages
    Myths of the Ancient Worlds 


Exclusive Tours


Visit the museum, the château or a temporary exhibition outside normal opening hours, before or after a meeting.

Private lectures can be organised so you can enjoy our historic and archaeological heritage without the crowds.
We can provide tours tailored to your needs and interests.