|About the museum:
The Museum keeps geological, palaeontological and archaeological material and presents rocks, minerals and fossils of Hrvatsko Zagorje, the development of life on Earth and the development of humankind. The site is presented through the fossil bones of animals, stone tools, casts of the bones of the Krapina Neanderthal people and documentation concerning the discovery of the site. Hušnjakovo in Krapina is one of the richest Palaeolithic Neanderthal habitats in the world, and is protected as being the first palaeontological heritage site in Croatia. It is about 130,000 years old, in the Old Stone age. From 1899 to 1905 Croatian geologist Dragutin Gorjanović Kramberger was carrying out geological and palaeontological research in the area. In the sandstone sediments of a ca 8 m high cavern, about 900 human bones were found, belonging to the fossilised remains of dozens of persons of both sexes, and aged between 2 to 40. Also found were fossil remains of the cave bear, wolf, elk, a giant deer, a rhinoceros, wild cattle and many other animals. The more than one thousand pieces of stone tools from the Palaeolithic tell of the material culture of Krapina prehistoric people.