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Special Exhibition


May 17, 2019 to January 26, 2020

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Crude cave dwellers or close cousins? Meet the Neanderthals — long viewed as primitive creatures, the species is much more like us than we previously thought.

Drawing upon the most recent scientific discoveries, this major exhibition from the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (France) takes a new look at this species of the genus Homo. It brings together, for the first time, exceptional fossils rarely shown to the public outside Europe.

Neanderthals were great hunters, worked stone, mastered the use of fire and buried their dead. They lived throughout Europe and Asia for 300,000 years before mysteriously disappearing 30,000 years ago.

An exhibition developed by the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – Musée de l’Homme (Paris) and adapted by the Canadian Museum of History, with the support of the Government of Canada.

© Sculpture Elisabeth Daynes, Neanderthal-La Chapelle-aux-Saints. Photo: S. Entressangle.


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Admission Fees to the Canadian Museum of History include access to the Children’s Museum, CINÉ+, special exhibitions and to all the Museum’s galleries.


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Get Your Souvenir Catalogue

Neanderthal (publication)

Complete your visit by picking up the Neanderthal souvenir catalogue, on sale online and at the Museum Gift Shop.


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