Krapina Neanderthal Museum, Krapina

The museum facility is built near the finding sites, between Hušnjakovo and Josipovac hill and stretches across 1200 square metres. It is a cave shaped concrete construction linked to the findings with a hiking trail. The entire space is planned as the Krapina Neanderthal Park including the new museum, the thermal bath with supporting facilities and the Neanderthal finding site. The floor area of the museum is covered with epoxy quartz flooring, and the walls are built in raw and coloured concrete, according to the museum’s subject and with the purpose of conveying the museum’s idea in the best possible way. The building is split in two levels, the entrance part consists of a glass surface on which scenes from the life of the Neanderthals is projected. The ground and the first floor are connected with a spiral ramp platform covered by earth reminding the spiral of time from the creation of the world till the first evidence of the Neanderthal presence in Europe. In a semi-cave on the first floor there is a group of hyper realistic sculptures made by the renowned French sculptress Elisabeth Daynes, specialist in hyper realistic reconstruction of early humans and hominids. This group represents 17 families of Neanderthal man of Krapina in various life situations. Equipped by a range of multimedia utensils: 3D projections, music, special audio and visual effects, this museum is one of the most modern museum of the subject in Europe, and among the most sophisticated and modern in the world. The construction began in 1999 at the 100th anniversary of Krapina's discovery of prehistoric man, and on the 28th february 2010 it was inaugurated and opened to the public. The author of the architectural design is the architect Željko Kovačić, and the author of the exhibition concept is Jakov Radovčić, adviser of the Croatian Natural History Museum in Zagreb.

Krapina Neanderthal Museum

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