The massive influx of tourists disturbed the atmosphere of the cave. Despite the installation of air renewal systems, fungal infections and sediments formed. To protect it, André Malraux decided to close it to the public in 1963.
However, in order to protect the cave art, different replica projects have been created. Lacaux II was the first replica. It faithfully replicates the Lascaux Bull Room and Axial Track.
Dates and opening hours
In 2010, the success of the Lascaux reproduction encouraged the Dordogne Departmental Council to create a new replica, Lascaux III. This wandering 1000 m² exhibition aims to show the cave paintings to people from around the world. Lascaux IV, an integral replica, opened in 2016.
The opening hours vary regularly, with longer opening hours in Summer (from 8:00 to 22:00 in July and August). Please check the opening hours on the Lascaux website.