29 APRIL 2022 – 19 FEBRUARY 2023
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF DENMARK
Øster Voldgade 5–7, Copenhagen
Face your past Come face to face with your closest extinct relatives, the Neanderthals. Based on recent research, this exhibition gives you a new and nuanced look at the Neanderthals, their lives and their meeting with modern human; an encounter that is still traceable in our own DNA today.
The Neanderthals prepared food from plants and used tools, they went fishing and hunting, they lived in social networks with strong family and friendship ties, they adorned themselves with seashells and took care of the sick and vulnerable. All of which we recognize from our own species Homo sapiens.
The exhibition challenges the stereotype of the Neanderthals as our primitive, prehistoric cousins. It invites you back in time to the world of Neanderthals, where you can experience both mammoth hunting, the safety of the shelter, and the daily routines of the family.
In this, a picture of the Neanderthals emerges as resourceful and capable of surviving in a world marked by great dangers and climate change. Nevertheless, around 40,000 years ago it was all over. The Neanderthals became extinct, just like approx. 23 other human species through time. Only we, Homo sapiens, are left and and must consider our next steps to secure our future on Earth.
Photo: Tom Björklund's beautiful illustrations of Neanderthals come to life in the exhibition.
- The Lehringen spear – one of the world's best preserved wooden spears used for hunting 120.000 years ago and found in the chest cavity of a forest elephant
- Mammoth skeleton – one of the Neanderthals' favorite hunting prey
- Stone tools from the Neanderthals
- The skeleton of a large cave bear and other Ice Age animals from Denmark's natural history collections
- People of the Ice Age – workshop with activities for the whole family
Natural History Museum of Denmark
Øster Voldgade 5-7
1350 Copenhagen K
Tlf: 22 82 76 79