In the Neanderthal Museum near Mettmann you can go on a journey through time and experience 4 million years of human history. The focus is especially on the Neanderthals, because the museum is only 400 meters away from the original site where the Neanderthal was found.
The permanent exhibition is laid out like a journey through time, from the beginnings of mankind in Africa to the present day. Life-size figures, reconstructed according to scientific methods, are used to illustrate the development of mankind.
Interesting presentations, excavation and laboratory models, researcher boxes to browse through and hands-on stations make the exhibition a varied experience for young and old alike. An audio guide is also included in the admission fee. In addition, the museum offers changing special exhibitions, workshops in the Stone Age workshop, archery and adventure tours.
Surrounding the museum is the Neanderthal Adventure World with the site where the Neanderthal was found, a large Stone Age playground and the Ice Age game preserve.
In 1856, the world's most famous remains of a human being - the Neanderthal - were found in Neandertal near Düsseldorf. After decades of effort, the Neanderthal Museum was opened on October 10, 1996, near the site where the remains were found. Today, the museum is one of the most successful archaeological museums in Europe, attracting some 150,000 visitors a year. The exhibitions extend over four levels.
- Neanderthal Museum is among the 3 best rated Tourist Attractions in North Rhine-Westphalia.
How to get there
By Coach or Car
If you come by car, you can take the highway A46 in the direction of Wuppertal-Düsseldorf until the exit Hilden and follow the signs "Neanderthal". Another possibility is to take the highway A3 direction Köln-Oberhausen until the exit Mettmann. There, continue in the direction of Mettmann and follow the signs "Neanderthal" or "Neanderthal Museum".
Across from the museum you will find a small parking lot for which you have to pay. Alternatively, there is a large free P&R parking lot above the museum at the Regiobahn stop. From there, the museum is about 800 meters away on foot.
On Public Transport
There are four possibilities to get here on public transport:
- Take the train RB S28 from Kaarst/ Neuss/ Düsseldorf to Mettmann and get off at the station “Mettmann”.
- Take the S-Bahn train S8 from Mönchengladbach/ Düsseldorf/ Hagen and get off at the station “Hochdahl”.
- Take bus line 741 from Mettmann to Hilden and get off at the station “Neanderthal”.
- Take bus line 743 from Mettmann to Erkrath and get off at the station “Neanderthal”.
Whichever option you choose, you will either get off in front of the Neanderthal Museum or be there within a maximum of a 15 minutes' walk.