During the winter holidays the terra mineralia welcomes its young guests with "Welcome to the ice age! The girls and boys learn which people and animals lived in Europe during the last Ice Age and how glaciers, ice and snow shaped the landscape.
The children travel back 10,000 years into the past and find themselves at the end of the Cold Age and thus also at the end of the Paleolithic Age. Europe is still partly covered by large glaciers and it is much colder than today. Was this the end of the ice age? No. Because ice age means that cold and warm periods are alternating. Even today we are still in an ice age that has already lasted 2.7 million years. On a tour of the exhibition, children can playfully find out what exactly an ice age is and how it was connected with the Paleolithic Age. They learn that before modern man Neanderthals and Homo erectus lived in Europe. Our ancestors used stones and minerals as tools, hunting weapons or to produce paint. They could even light fire with their help! Typical animals of the ice age were the mammoth or woolly rhinoceros, but horses and reindeer were also hunted. And which of these animals are still alive today?