Krapina Neanderthal Museum

The Krapina Neanderthal site "Hušnjakovo" is protected as the first paleontological natural monument in Croatia. Krapina Neanderthal Museum is one of the most modern museums in the world, which brings visitors to a new dimension with its interactive contents.

Krapina Neanderthal Museum is located near the world-famous site of Krapina Neanderthals "Hušnjakovo", which makes it a unique complex worth visiting. The architecture of the museum is designed to remind of the habitat of prehistoric man: a semi-cave, whose volume, proportions and facade are results of an analysis of the ancient Krapina semi-cave. The original cave no longer exists as a result of the collapse.

The museum building is integrated into the surrounding environment located between two hills, with only the front side visible, lined with yellow Miocene sand. The interior of the Museum is made of concrete and designed to mimic stone, enhancing the effect of a prehistoric habitat, while the visitor, like a Neanderthal man would, can observe the surroundings.

On the two floors of the exhibition space, the tour is conceived as a winding maze during which the visitor travels into the past. The rhythm and density of the exhibits change, as do the colours of the surrounding space, its sounds, smells and atmosphere. The organic architectural form symbolizes the womb, the embryo, the snail spiral, or a replica of the human brain. This actually corresponds to the place and importance of Neanderthals in the evolution of humanity.

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