The museum lies in the centre of the Neandertal World of Discovery and sees itself as a destination for excursions, as a place to experience and learn, as a conference location and as a documentation and research centre on the Neanderthal and early human history.
The exhibition tells the story of humankind from its beginnings four million years ago to the present day. Beyond the elements of the classic museum presentation (exhibit, image and reading text), the Neanderthal Museum as an adventure museum tells visitors the story of their human development through atmospheric staging and audio experiences.
The exhibition was revised and reopened in 2006, 2016 and 2021. Individual sections of the permanent exhibition are updated promptly as new research findings come to light, so that visitors can always be presented with the current state of knowledge on human evolution. By addressing current topics such as climate change, migration and encounters between people of different origins, the social relevance of research on our past for today's time and society becomes clear again and again.
Site and Höhlenblick Tower
The Höhlenblick Tower adds an exciting experience to the excursion into Neandertal. At last, visitors can climb the lost gorge and stand at the top where the Neanderthal's cave once was. From here you can look down on the opposite side of the valley, just as the Neanderthal once did from the lost Feldhofer Grotte cave.
The 16 bones of the Neanderthal are presented as a tactile exhibit in the centre of the uppermost platform. A QR code triggers a 360-degree video of the Feldhofer Grotte cave. "Telescopes" on the edge of the upper platform enable a great augmented reality experience journey that takes you back to the time of the Neanderthals.
Art Trail “Human Traces”
The Art Trail "Human Traces“ leads along the Düssel on a romantic circular path for almost 200 metres. The various works of art encourage self-reflection on human nature and are thus intended to lead to a new way of looking at nature. The stories of the ten internationally renowned artists can be listened to at audio stations along the trail.