Quick visits

A quick but deep view to the human evolution


In just 45 minutes, you can learn about the milestones that marked our evolution and look the human beings who populated the world millions of years ago directly in the eye.

The Railway Trench Archaeological Site

Humanity found a new home more than a million years ago in the Atapuerca Mountains. It was Homo antecessor, the oldest human being in Europe, whose remains were discovered there thanks to the construction of a mining train line about a century ago. See the original fossils of the first inhabitants of Europe and learn about their curious culinary practice: cannibalism

The Bone Pit

A video projected on a spectacular, oversized screen is used to teach us about the secrets of this archaeological site, a small cavity in the interior of the Atapuerca Mountains that houses the remains of twenty-eight men and women who lived a half a million years ago. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet Miguelón up close and personal and to discover his surprising history.

Evolutionary Theory

A ship inside the Human Evolution Museum? That's right, but it isn't just any ordinary ship. The HMS Beagle, the frigate that took Charles Darwin around the world, transports us through time to the fourteenth century in a journey that allows us to understand the work of this British naturalist, along with the scientific conclusions that helped him to come up with the Theory of Evolution. Go down to the ship's hold and visit Darwin's office.

Human Evolution

In the heart of the Human Evolution Museum you can get reacquainted with our ancestors, recreated through a series of ten very lifelike sculptures by the French artist Elisabeth Daynès. Get the chance to look Lucy, Mrs. Ples, or even Miguelón himself right in the eye! It's an unforgettable experience.

Fire, a primordial acquisition

Fire, one of the greatest discoveries of our evolutionary history, surrounds us in an exhibit in which we find ourselves in the middle of a great storm, with intense light -- as if it were from the torches of a group of approaching warriors or from a space shuttle blastoff. Be careful with the sun flares!

Evolutionary ecosystems

From the uppermost part of the Museum, you'll be able to enjoy the views of the building, designed by the architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg, and of the vegetation that presides over it. This vegetation recreates the landscape of the Atapuerca Mountains and its evolution throughout Prehistory. This is an exceptionally grand way to wrap up your visit to the Museum.