Neanderthal Museum


Not far from the site where the world-famous Neanderthal skeleton was found more than 160 years ago, is one of the most modern museums in Europe. The Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann is located in the middle of the Neanderthal valley of the same name, the oldest nature reserve in Germany. The museum is one of six highlights of the Neandertal world of experience.
In a multimedia permanent exhibition visitors from all over the world are told the prehistory and early history of mankind, from the beginnings in the African savannahs more than millions of years ago to the present day. This journey through time is illustrated with life-size and detailed reconstructed Neanderthal figures and a baby mammoth.

Regularly changing special exhibitions on a wide variety of human-historical topics complete the offer. Whether old or young, numerous hands-on stations, exciting workshops and guided tours ensure an unforgettable experience in the fascinating world of the Stone Age.

The stone age workshop invites young explorers in particular to actively explore the living environment of early humans in a playful way. Under expert guidance, those who are curious can try out Stone Age handicraft techniques and create their own cave paintings - also as a Stone Age birthday party. Directly opposite the museum is a unique and adventurous world of experience including a water feature: Auf dem stone age playground Children let off steam and at the same time make connections to primeval times and the Neanderthals. 

A visit to the Reference with the new adventure tower "Höhlenblick" complements the museum tour. The approx. 22 meter high tower with a domed roof in the shape of a Neanderthal skull offers a view through virtual telescopes on a viewing platform right back to Stone Age history.

Im charming museum cafe is a relaxing way to end an exciting stay in the Neanderthal Museum.

The company has been awarded the TYPICAL Neanderland quality seal.

Good to know

Visitor volume

Opening hours

NRW holidays & public holidays: Monday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. to 18.00 p.m

Exceptions: Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. On New Year's Day it is open from 1 p.m. to 13.00 p.m.

General Information

  • Bus stop available

  • Parking lots available


  • for families

  • for groups

  • for any weather

  • for school classes

  • Bad weather offer

foreign languages

German, English, Dutch

Other equipment/furnishings

  • Children's playground (outdoor)

  • toilet facility


Museum, toilets, café and shop are barrier-free for people with walking disabilities or wheelchairs, elevator available
Special programs are offered for people with hearing or visual impairments
Tactile ground guidance system, touch stations, including mobile game "Neanderthal: Memories"
Text reader available for people with hearing impairments
Wheelchair and folding chair available free of charge
Assistance dogs and guide dogs for the blind are permitted

Hygiene and infection control measures

The current hygiene and infection protection measures of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia apply.

Arrival & Parking

By car
From the south on the A3 northbound, exit at the Hilden junction. Follow the signs to Hochdahl/Erkrath/Mettmann.

Coming from the north on the A3 heading south, take the Mettmann exit. Follow the B7 "Südring" and exit at Talstraße "Neandertal". Follow Talstraße to the right.

- Free P&R at the Neandertal S-Bahn station (S28) (800 m walk)
- Free parking spaces on Talstraße in front of the museum (limited spaces)
- Paid car park opposite the museum

Arrival by public transport
Regional train (S 28)
Neanderthal stop, 800 m walk to the museum.

S-Bahn (S 8)
Hochdahl stop, 25-minute walk to the museum

Coming from the train station, keep right and turn left into Thekhaus street.
The Neanderthal Museum cannot be reached on foot via Feldhof Street.

Bus line (741)
Neanderthal/Museum stop, directly in front of the museum

Bus line (743)
Neanderthal/Museum stop, directly in front of the museum

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Price information

Price adult: 13€
Price child: €8,50
Reduced price: €10
Prices incl. audio guide + adventure tower cave view
Adults (from 16 years): EUR 13,00
Reduced EUR 10,00
Children (6-16 years): 8,50 EUR
Minis (4-5 years): 7,00 EUR
Families (min. 1 child aged 4 - 16): adults EUR 11,05 | €7,23 | Mini €5,95

Only experience tower cave view
Adults (16+): EUR 4,00
Children (6-16): EUR 2,60
Minis (4-5): 2,10 EUR
Families (min. 1 child aged 4 - 16): adults EUR 3,40 | €2,21 | Mini €1,78
Information on reduced prices: people with disabilities, students and trainees, with ID. Accompanying persons with identification receive free entry


Office for Culture and Tourism

Düsseldorfer Strasse 26
40822 Mettmann

0049 2104 99-0


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