In the extraordinary Castagnès forest, come and discover the Xploria museum-park and enjoy a nature trail, designed for adventure, to learn the history of biodiversity while having fun!

Follow the passage of time, since the creation of the universe, and discover the evolution of fauna and flora. A veritable outdoor natural history museum!!!
Learn everything from dinosaurs to giant prehistoric mammals, from the first ferns to delicate orchids, from the first organisms to the Dodo of the Ice Age!
Young and old will find their interest there: walks in the forest, botanical areas, life-size animal reconstructions, giant illustrations of scenarios, doors of time, real fossils to touch, discovery and initiation workshops to excavations, educational games , science showcases, corridor of time, etc. All the infrastructures are made to immerse you in the history of the Earth and allow you to spend at least 2 hours on the site, or all day if you wish to picnic on the large redwood tables and take the time to enjoy the forest!
During school holidays: take advantage of the many excavation discovery workshops with your family and become a budding paleontologist!
An activity for everyone that will also appeal to older children and will allow you to learn all about recent local discoveries.
Shop: bookshop, games, discovery of the world, local products... Xploria offers Sweet Chestnuts from the forest, labeled Value of the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees.

Ranking & labels

  • Values ​​Regional Natural Park
  • Recommended in hot weather
  • Qualité Tourisme Occitanie Sud de France


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Prices / Opening

Adult: 10 € Child: 8 € Large family: from €30 to €31,90
Price Min. Max.
(from 08/04/2023 to 05/11/2023)
Min. €10
(from 08/04/2023 to 05/11/2023)
Min. €8
Big family
(from 08/04/2023 to 05/11/2023)
Family Pack (2 adults and 2 children).
Min. €30 Max. €31,90

Payment method

  • Bank / credit card
  • Cheque
  • Classic Holiday Vouchers
  • Cash


From 07 September to 05 November 2023
Monday Closed
Tuesday Open from 10:00:00 p.m. to 18:00:00 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 10:00:00 p.m. to 18:00:00 p.m.
Thursday Open from 10:00:00 p.m. to 18:00:00 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:00:00 p.m. to 18:00:00 p.m.
SATURDAY Open from 10:00:00 p.m. to 18:00:00 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:00:00 p.m. to 18:00:00 p.m.



  • Picnic area.
  • Toilets
  • Public toilets
  • Parking


  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Wifi Internet access
  • Tourist Documentation


  • Groups of 20 to 100 people welcome

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