A unique collection of anatomically precise reconstructions of human species will greet visitors on the stairway in the museum foyer. The reconstructions can be experienced up close or through interactive binoculars in their indigenous settings. Homo Sapiens and the other lifelike human species were reconstructed from archaeological finds of bones from around the world that were scientifically researched.
The stairway leading to the ethnographic exhibitions displays precise reconstructions of three contemporary people: An Australian aborigine, Stephen Hawking, the internationally acclaimed British physicist, and a Siberian female shaman - each offering their very diverse estimates of where we as humans come from and where we are going.
The archaeological exhibitions
The archaeological exhibitions display the lives of the species of the past through the use of narratives and settings with light, sounds and animations.
Among the impressive finds and artefacts from around the world, you find some of the best preserved people from the Bronze Age, who were buried in oak coffins in Borum Eshøj near Aarhus. The mythical bog setting of the exhibition allows the audience to witness offerings of the Iron Age and meet the world’s best preserved bog body, Grauballe Man. In addition, the exhibitions display amazing weapons pieces from the Iron Age as well as provide the opportunity to venture on a journey with the Vikings from Aros – the former name of the city of Aarhus.
The ethnographic exhibition
The Lives of the Dead, allows the visitors to experience the many different ways people around the world remember their deceased relatives – whether it be through Danish heirlooms, reburials in Uganda, the Day of the Dead in Mexico, or by celebrating Christmas with the deceased among the Aboriginals in Australia.