The Dawn of Art – Visit a French prehistoric cave

The Dawn of Art, the Chauvet caves in virtual reality:

“The Dawn of Art” is a virtual reality experience about the “Chauvet ” cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in France. Chauvet cave, whose discovery in 1994 is considered one of the greatest scientific advances of the 20th century.

This VR experience includes both an immersive film and a virtual tour of the cave.

A nice poetic story leads you to discover the daily life of the people of the prehistoric age. Discover like never before the cave painting of the larger mammal species. In the Chauvet cave, 1,000 drawings adorn the walls of a cavity closed forever.

This VR experience will take your student trough time, a new way of learning about our ancestors.


The Dawn of Art Features

History and geography, Musical and Artistic Education
11-12 years, 13-15 years, 16-18 years, Adult
French, English
Android smartphone / tablet, Apple smartphone / tablet, Oculus Rift, STEAM VR compatible headset, HTC compatible headset, Windows Mixed Reality compatible headset, Web browser, Vive Focus Plus, PCVR, VivePort

For teaching


+”The Dawn of Art” is also available as a virtual tour from a computer or mobile on Google Arts & Culture website

+ You can also explore the cave in augmented reality by searching on Google for “Grotte Chauvet” on your smartphone. Click on “View in 3D” in the search results to see the frescoes in the cave. If your phone also supports augmented reality, you’ll see the option to project the AR model into your space. 

+ Daisy Ridley is the guides in the film and the visitor will also be able to freely explore 12 areas of the cave by torchlight and enjoy expert commentary from the Chauvet scientific team.

+ The graphics and special effects are sumptuous.


– The experience is not multiplayer.

– It is not possible to pause the story.