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The Human Journey

A journey through space and time, following the course of human evolution over the past 7 million years.

Journey through evolution: from Dinosaurs to humans

You will also learn about the evolution of other animals, such as elephants and horses, during the 65 million years that have passed since the extinction of the dinosaurs.

On the journey, you will meet eleven naturalistic models of early human ancestors. You can also study the role played by climate and environment in determining the course of our history.

Go on a trip of discovery through life, among monkeys, sabertooth cats, mammoths and other stunning creatures. Travel with the first adventurers on their journey out of Africa.

Consider what makes us human. Reflect on where we came from.
And where we are going.

Children looking at human skulls

The exhibition

The exhibition includes a main path that follows the major steps in human evolution, from the first upright forms in Africa to modern man.

On either side of the main path there are side paths. One follows the evolution of mammals, while the other highlights the changes to the Earth´s climate and environment that have taken place over millions of years.

Download a map of the exhibition Pdf, 133.9 kB.

In this exhibition your entire family can go on an exciting trip through human evolution, from the first forms that walked on two legs, to modern humans. There are skulls you can touch, paths you can follow and horses to feed. Bring your children on the trip and enjoy a family learning experience, about what makes us human.

Take a folder with a map at the start of the exhibition so that you can find the different stations.

Here are some tips for the journey:

  • Follow the mammal path. Meet fascinating animals such as mammoths, ancestral elephants and dwarf elephants. You can follow the animal tracks in the floor and see who made them.
  • Study the terrifying, two-meter tall, meat-eating bird Diatryma.
  • Feed the horses their preferred food and examine the little dawn horse.
  • Be astonished by the sabertooth predators. The black Smilodon was the largest and most extreme cat. It lived about 12 000 years ago.
  • Meet the gaze of our human ancestors. Contemplate who the Turkana Boy and Neanderthal child were and how they lived.

Audioguide and accessibility

Don't miss the audio guide – for you who want a guided tour on your own.

The exhibition includes a number of features designed to enhance accessibility to the vision impaired. There are a number of objects that can be touched, such as skeletons and skulls.

Modell av en tidigare människorart.

Meet "the Hobbit", Homo floresiensis, in The Human Journey. Photo: Staffan Waerndt.

Available: Permanent exhibition


Tuesday: 11:00
Wednesday: 11:00
Friday: 11:00
Saturday: 10:00
Sunday: 10:00

Price: Included in the entrance ticket