NEANDERTHALS represent a magical and mystical idea of the prehistoric people of Europe. They are one of the many secrets of the beginning of our species. Who were those people who lived between 30,000 and almost 300,000 years ago? How did 19th century science discover and interpret the finds and what do we know now, at the beginning of the third millennium, about these Stone Age people who used to hunt for rhinoceros in this area 125,000 years ago? Where does the Neanderthal belong on the Tree of Life? If you want to find out the answers to these questions, visit the new KRAPINA NEANDERTHAL MUSEUM, in Krapina, in Croatia!
At the key site of Europe’s prehistory, next to the ancient habitat of Krapina prehistoric people, a new European museum opened its doors to take you on a multimedia journey back to the time of the Neanderthals and the beginnings of our species.
As you enter the virtual semi-cave of Stone Age people, you will see the Museum’s representation of the ancient past, and you will enter the labyrinth of learning about prehistoric times. From the picturesque representation of the town of Krapina at the end of the 19th century, you will proceed to the historical network of the development of European science.
An electronic thread will take you to Kramberger''s epochal discovery and to the understanding of antediluvian man.
Once you have discovered the most recent methodologies and technologies of contemporary science, you will have already entered the time machine that will take you towards the cosmic and chemical evolution.
The double helix of life will take you on a symbolic journey through the long geological history of Earth, revealing the evolution of life.
Only at the end of that journey will you reach the appearance of the oldest of hominids (great apes), the age of Neanderthals and the Krapina prehistoric man.
That age is best seen in the hyper realistic reconstruction of the Krapina Stone Age habitat.
Through the representation of the Neanderthal rituals and the possible significance of their symbolic behaviour, you might discover the metaphysical world of their Stone Age culture.
Through the anatomy, the culture and the environment of the prehistoric man, you will discover many details related to the life and the behaviour of these mysterious people.
On the big map you will see the Krapina finds, but also other Neanderthals in the world.
Looking into the ancient destiny of the Neanderthals and their disappearance, you will discover the possible reconstructions of their kinship relationships with present day people.
At the very end of your virtual journey you will see the civilisation eras and the cultural evolution of our species, reflecting our journey from the Palaeolithic to the space technology era.
At the end of this thrilling journey through the Krapina Neanderthal Museum and your journey away from daily routine, when you reach the Museum exit, you will be guided to the trails of the prehistoric man and towards the authentic location of his ancient habitat. What has this unique museological experience of travelling back to ancient history meant for you?
Adults: 7,00 EUR
Children, students and pensioners: 3,50 EUR
*Family ticket: 15,00 EUR
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