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Neanderthal Museum, Dusseldorf

(3.9/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Step in the footprints of the first Neanderthal discovery at Neanderthal Museum. First, work your way through exhibits on the history of the Neanderthal, with information on relics of the Neanderthal skeleton. Next, learn about crucial stages of human history, covering the five subject categories of life and survival, tools and knowledge, myth and religion, environment and nourishment, and communication and society. Children can take part in several interactive exhibits, such as the Stone Age workshop. Outside, the site where the Neanderthal was discovered is now an archaeological garden with two botanical areas showing typical vegetation from the Ice Age. The Human Traces art trail is dedicated to the relationship between humans and nature. All signs and audio guides in the museum are available in German and English. Plan to see Neanderthal Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dusseldorf family vacation planner.
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  • The visit today was an interesting tour through the development of the people today. I was missing a thread you accompanied by the humanity in the development and also the real highlight - the Neanderthal - could be better used in scene. You'll notice that the Museum gives trouble, and yet everything seems somehow cheerless. The ambiance is very cool and factual, and I personally am not a fan of audio tours with headphones. The staff are consistently friendly and competent.
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  • Even if the Neanderthal for the first time was found here, the presented exhibits are quite meager. The concept is also quite naive, designed more to children. Definitely too shallow for archaeology lovers. In sum, also quite expensive.
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  • This is not in Dusseldorf, but near a small town called Mettmann; we drove to the museum from Wuppertal. The museum is at the site where a neanderthal skeleton was discovered in the nineteenth century...  more »
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  • Great museum with very capable guide service and friendly English speaker frontdesks. Also very interactive and have a nice atmosphere at the cafeteria on the top. You'll leave that place with by far more knowledge you went with!
  • There is nothing special to see here. They just put the sticks on the meadow on the spots where the bones and tools were founded. You can go into the woods and check where the footsteps were founded. But again. There are stops where you plug your headphones and just listen another story. Museum is overpriced. You will see mostly replicas here. For that price museum should offer VR glasses or AR opportunity and let the people see the area in the past, see the gravesite and the exploration work etc. Moreover when we ask what else can be seen here the lady answered that she just heard good about museum. She also said that maybe We've never been to museum, What do we expect from museum? I expect everything else but the sticks in the middle of a meadow.
  • When I was visiting museum with my friends 11€ was charged for the entrance. When you pay that price you expect to see something like 2/3 of the Paris Louvre's exposition at least. Because 15€ on average is the price paid to enter noble europan museums. Here it was nowhere near that idea. The exposition was just poor and is aimed mainly at children, which were present in masses. Not to mention that many exposed objects are replicas and some are bought in the local supermarket. The place where the remains of neanderthal creatures were found was nothing more than a lawn with some sticks marking the place of found. I think some local businessmen just found their goldmine in the name of the village to attract people. I found it totally disappointing. That is what in German called - "Verarsch". 3 € max should be asked to visit such a place.
  • A museum about the human evolution. It is located in the village where the first Neanderthal man was located. It is not a very big museum, but when one takes time to visit and read each and every exhibit one may require around 3 hrs. It also provides audio guide in English as well as in German. Quite nice place to visit!!!
  • Very informative and well tought. Loved it!