Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? These are the central questions the Neanderthal Museum tries to answer. On four floors, you learn everything about the the Neandertal valley and the man from the Stone Age who was found here: the Neanderthal man.
In the first section, you learn about the history of the valley and the skeleton of the Neanderthal. Afterwards, you go on a journey through time, finding out about the most important sections of the history of man. Afterwards, you have the chance to learn about the evolution of mankind divided into five sections: “Life & Survival”, “Tools & Knowledge”, “Myths & Religion”, “Environment & Nutrition”, and “Communication & Society”. Based on the bone findings, the museum presents life-size models of the Neanderthaler, the highlight of the museum!
Special Exhibitions, Workhops and Museum Festival
Regularly changing special exhibitions address diverse topics. The stone-age atelier offers you join-in activities and workshops for children, young people and adults. Once a year there is a grand museum festival.
In 1856, probably the most famous remains of a human being worldwide were found in the Neandertal valley. On 10th Oct 1996, this museum was opened near where the Stone Age corpse was found. Due to the high numbers of visitors, the Neanderthal Museum is nowadays considered one of the most successful archaeological museums.
- Neanderthal Museum is among the 3 best rated Tourist Attractions in North Rhine-Westphalia.
- The day pass at Neanderthal Museum is €11 making it one of the 5 cheapest tourist Attractions in North Rhine-Westphalia.
How to get there
By Coach or Car
Driving here by coach or car, you take motorway A46 in the direction of Wuppertal-Düsseldorf, exit at Hilden and follow the signs to “Neandertal”. Alternatively, you can take motorway A3 towards Köln-Oberhausen until you exit at Mettmann. Head towards Mettmann and follow the signs to “Neandertal” or “Neanderthal Museum”.
Car parks can be found just above the museum, opposite the museum in Talstraße, at the nursing home Neandertal (Talstraße 189) or on the premises of the Erwepa company (Mettmanner Straße 51).
On Public Transport
There are four possibilities to get here on public transport:
1. Take the train RB S28 from Kaarst/ Neuss/ Düsseldorf to Mettmann and get off at the station “Mettmann”.
2. Take the S-Bahn train S8 from Mönchengladbach/ Düsseldorf/ Hagen and get off at the station “Hochdahl”.
3. Take bus line 741 from Mettmann to Hilden and get off at the station “Neandertal”.
4. Take bus line 743 from Mettmann to Erkrath and get off at the station “Neandertal”.
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.