The Krapina Neanderthals Museum is the most famous site of Neanderthal man in the world due to its rich and most varied fossil collection. It is protected as the first paleontological nature monument in Croatia.
The Museum opened in 2010. The architecture and display were made according to a project conceived and realized by Željko Kovačić and Jakov Radovčić. A fascinating journey into the past helps you understand why Krapina is one of the most famous Palaeolithic sites in the world.
The exposition contains elaborate multimedia and settings which bring the story of Man closer to the public. Visitors meet different themes in each segment of the display trying to follow the timeline of creation.
The site in Krapina is a story about the beginning of humanity, about distant prehistoric times, still unveiled and unexplored. About nine hundred human fossil bones, numerous stone tools from the Palaeolithic era and fossil remains of animals have been found in the layers of the cave. This site is about 130 thousand years old.
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Besides the permanent exhibition, visitors of The Krapina Neanderthal Museum have the opportunity to participate in various workshops and other educational programs. In creative and fun ways participants can learn about the prehistoric world of fossils, the evolution of life on Earth and the secrets of prehistoric man from Krapina.
Winter Workshops and Play Group Program consist of art workshops on prehistory - painting, drawing and clay modeling, watching films about Neanderthals, the ice age and dinosaurs, playing with puzzles and memory cards.
Children Geological Laboratory Every participant can research original fossils with a microscope, loupe and other instruments, just like real geologists and paleontologists.
Animals at the Time of the Krapina Neanderthal Participants make clay models of rhinoceros, cave bears, giant deer and other extinct animal species that lived in this era.
Making Neanderthal Clothing Learn how to make clothes without modern appliances, with wooden needle and sharp stone.
Creation of a Geological Column How to prepare a geological column out of paper. After coloring and cutting drawings of different life species, they are inserted in the suitable geological periods they represent, learning in the process about biological evolution and how life had developed from trilobites to Neanderthals.
Evolve… and Don’t Be Angry A fun educational game made on illustrated canvas. With playing figures in the shape of ten different prehistoric species and cubes, participants are passing geological periods, disasters like ice ages and the impact of meteorites.
Hunting After making their own prehistoric spear in the way of Neanderthals, with volcanic rock tuf asa scraper, participants are throwing spears into thatched targets of rhinoceros and other animals hunted by Neanderthals.
Making Stone Tools and Lighting a Fire In this workshop participants can see a demonstration of lightning a fire with friction of wood as well as making stone scrapers and sharp points for their spears.
The Geological Summer School has been in existence since the year 2000. Participants can learn about prehistory, geology and paleontology in art workshops, using work sheets, in discussions and especially in fieldwork where they research and collect fossils, rocks and minerals. In the field they use geological tools and equipment, and in the laboratory they use microscopes and loupe, just like a real geologist.
Special Guided Tours Every visitor in the group is filling up the map with work sheets about the main topics of the permanent exhibition: historical ideas about the human origin, evolution and the world of Neanderthals.
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