Krapina Neanderthal Museum

Krapina Neanderthal Museum

The unique Krapina Neanderthal Museum opened in 2010 and is located near one of Europe’s most important paleontological sites. The museum features exhibitions about the Neanderthals and about the history of the Earth, from its origins to modern times.

 

With its multimedia contents, the museum takes its visitors back to the age of the Neanderthals and they become part of evolution. Visitors go back 130,000 years in history and observe the virtual reality of their ancestors from Krapina. 

The exhibition area of the museum is located between two hills – Hušnjakovo and Josipovac – and is spread over 1,200 square metres, split into two levels. The Neanderthals lived in so-called semi-caves, holes created by water in vertical bare rocks, mostly without vegetation, which were protected from three sides. There was only one opening on the front side from where they could watch out for enemies. The museum building is similarly constructed, almost invisible from the outside, resembling a concrete semi-cave covered in sand. The entrance to the museum blends in with the surroundings so it seems as if the visitors are entering a cave, becoming its inhabitant.