Lascaux II is located just 200m from the original caves in a cement bunker. It replicates the two main chambers of the Lascaux Caves, including about 200 replica paintings stretching over 128 feet. Although it cannot compare to the real thing, the replica caves are remarkable in their attention to detail. The caves were reconstructed as close to the originals as possible, even including the temperature (55° F).
Painted by local artist Monique Peytral, the Lascaux II replica paintings use the same methods and materials as the original Paleolithic artists. The design was copied exactly by projecting photos of the original caves onto the walls and painting over them.
Visitors first encounter an exhibition describing the layout, history and methods of the original Lascaux Caves, followed by the replica version of some of the most famous paintings in the world. The paintings were done in red, brown and yellow ochre with outlines of black manganese dioxide.
The nearby Le Thot Prehistoric Theme Park (combined ticket with Lascaux available) can add to the appreciation of Lascaux II and is especially popular with kids. It includes a video of the construction of Lascaux II, models of prehistoric scenes, and, perhaps best of all, live examples of animals depicted in the Lascaux paintings: European bison, long-horned cattle, Przewalski horses, and animals from Mongolia believed to resemble the prehistoric wild horse.