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“Great Scientific Museum”

Museo de la Evolucion Humana
Ranked #5 of 67 things to do in Burgos
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Dallas, Texas
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“Great Scientific Museum”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

This museum dedicated to the study of human evolution is located not too far from the Atapuerca site where very early hominid remains have been found. Here actual specimens are on display, and the life sized recreations of how our ancestors looked were amazing. There are tools from the most simple to the more sophisticated. Everything is well described also in English, which was much appreciated. The museum appears quite new and is very visitor friendly. If you want to see the real thing this museum has it. Also being on the pilgrimage route, pilgrims get a discount, but if your pilgrimage is only to learn about human origins it is well worth a visit

Visited June 2014
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

This new museum is evolving into a first-rate attraction. The building is superb and has been utilised in a creative and successful way. Visit if you have the chance to get to Burgos.

Visited July 2014
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Granollers, Spain
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“Average museum - recommended if you're going to Atapuerca”
Reviewed May 2, 2014

I feel bad giving this museum just three stars. I had such high hopes! It should have been wonderful! Some parts actually are fascinating, such as the (eerily dark) exhibits with the real remains found at the excavation site (the cranium dubbed Miguelón and the Pelvis Elvis--hilarious nickname, by the way).

However, bones aside, I can't overlook one (very big) detail: the sheer SIZE of the darn thing! The building is hideous, ultra-modern, and it clashes with its surroundings. But what's worse is that once you step foot inside, you can feel the emptiness surrounding you. It's enough to make you want to bellow out "echo" and hear your voice slowly vanish into the void. Just another example of the government's money-splurging attitude, and as a Spanish resident this really disgusts me. The exhibits inside the MEH are not even close to justifying this architectural monster. Couple that with the two equally massive--and even emptier--buildings you can find at the Atapuerca dig sites, and the whole thing becomes utterly embarrassing.

The entrance to the museum costs six euros. You can rent a guide tablet for 3 extra euros (we didn't get it). When we went, there was the usual exhibit and two temporary exhibits: bodies in wax and a photo collection. We began the tour by visiting the wax bodies exhibit. Okay. We then moved on to the real MEH: evolution. The young woman who checked our tickets harshly ordered us to follow the route ("okay, okay, don't shove"), so off we went. First stop: how the caves were formed. There are several large panels with way too much text, and then some models of cave formation without any text. It all felt imbalanced.

After that...we kind of got lost in all the open empty space. There are some closed-off exhibits (like little buildings inside the building) which contain the real remains, so those are very interesting even though they're so dark we actually had trouble reading most of the panels.

Upstairs there's a small replica of (part of) the Beagle and Darwin's home, and then we move on to a series of endless panels that you can slide around to make some images fit together, but it all falls terribly flat because there aren't any explanations. "Okay, so there's a single cell organism here, and another one there...now let me slide this panel a bit, and why is this one over there now? What's that coming out of it??? What does it all mean???" Frustrating.

After surviving the panels, you reach a sort of plaza where there are model representations of the different human species found. Very well done, if you ask me. You can spend some time there staring at them while they stare back at you, since the next floor doesn't have much aside from a cafeteria , a book shop, and a few very basic videos of how humans created their first tools.

All in all, too much space for so little contents. Some explanations were too over-the-top while others were missing in action. I was expecting more. Still, I would recommend the visit to anyone going to the archaeological site. We visited the museum the afternoon before we went to Atapuerca, so we were able to visualize many of the things the guide there told us (the cave formations, the different humans)--plus the only chance you have to see an actual fossil from Atapuerca is in this museum, so you might as well go pay Miguelón a visit.

Visited April 2014
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North Conway, New Hampshire
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“Ever wonder what we evolved from?”
Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

We walk the Camino and the pilgrimage route runs right by the excavation site. When we found there was a museum of evolution in Burgos we decided to stay an extra day. The museum is in a new building located just outside the park area of the city. We received a discounted price by presenting our pilgrim passport, which was great. The museum traces the evolution of man from the most ancient times until the present. There are many exhibits including full re-creating's of man in various stages of evolution. These full-sized representations are amazing, They look like they could reach out and touch you. There are many displays of artifacts recovered from the excavation site, as well as a demonstration on how they recover these artifacts. If you are interested in archaeology at all I highly recommend that you visit this museum while in Burgos.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Superb museum, worth a visit to Burgos for this alone”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is a unique museum, fairly recently completed, with an absorbing and dramatic and extremely well-presented series of exhibits detailing human evolution over the last millenia. Don't be afraid to take the children: far more absorbing and informative than television and video games, it will open their eyes (and yours) to just where we have come from and where we might be going. We'd go back to Burgos just for this Museum - and I agree with Sherlock, next time we'll make time to go to Atapuerco and take the bus to the archaeological site where much of the material here was found.

Visited August 2013
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