Research Projects

As well as its museological functions, the Neanderthal Museum Foundation pursues a range of interdisciplinary scientific goals. Since its opening in 1996, the Neanderthal Museum has developed into a world-renowned research institution focusing on the early history of humankind. Not only is it involved in many international excavations, it also oversees NESPOS, the largest database of Ice Age archaeology in the world. At the same time the museum invests effort in building a network of lay researchers throughout the local region in order to boost local research into the Stone Age.

Furthermore, conferences and symposia are regularly held, which encourage transdisciplinary research and thinking. The results of these conferences and symposia are made available through the museum's own publication series.


In spring 2022, Neanderthal Museum is participating in the DOORS project: DOORS (Digital incubator fOR muSeums) supports small and medium-sized museums in their digital transformation. The project was initiated by Ars Electronica, Museum Booster and the Ecsite network. DOORS has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101036071. Our museum is also applying for phase 2 of DOORS, in which innovative digitisation projects will be implemented.
Rick Springer, Research Associate & DOORS participant: "Within the first phase of the DOORS Incubator project, the networking with museum makers and experts from the tech sector was particularly exciting and helpful. Interactive workshops, inspiring presentations and the other 38 pilot projects definitely inspire you to do more! It's always good to reflect on how much we don't know yet as well."