Neanderthal museum


Thu-Fri 09.00-16.00; Sat-Sun 09.00-17.00
Šetalište Vilibalda Sluge bb 49 000 Krapina

If you are staying in Zagreb, and wish to visit Neanderthal museum Krapina on a day-trip, you have the following options:
Personal car:
Distance 58km, about 7€ gas spending, road toll which is about 3eur . Which means your total travel cost should be about 10€ in one direction!
Organized day-trip from Zagreb:
You have several travel agencies offer small group (2-8 persons) day trips! Ask your host for best solution or advice!

Scientifically known as Homo sapiens Neanderthalensis, the Krapina prehistoric man was discovered all the way back in 1899, when geological and paleontological research started on Hušnjakovo hill in Krapina. Excavations, supervised by professor Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger, a well-known Croatian geologist, palaeontologist and paleoanthropologist, lasted six years (1899 – 1905). His works significantly contributed to European and global science of the fossil man.

Some nine hundred human fossil bones were found in the cave’s sandstone deposits, which were 8 meters high. This is the largest and most abundant collection of Neanderthal people collected at a single locality. The bones belong to the fossil remains of several dozen individuals, both male and female, from 2 to 40 years of age.

Numerous fossil remains of cave bear, wolf, elk, giant deer, woolly rhinoceros, wild buffalo, and many other animals were found. Over a thousand pieces of stone tools from the Palaeolithic age, or Early Stone Age, discovered at the site, speak of the material culture of Krapina Neanderthals. The age of this rich paleontological locality corresponds to the period of about 125,000 years ago.