Giants of the ice age take over Vapriikki
On 29 January, Vapriikki opened an exhibition which will take its visitors on a journey to the ice age. Come face to face with a mammoth, a saber-toothed cat, and a woolly rhinoceros! The Giants of the Ice Age is an exhibition for the whole family, taking you to a different world and to glacial sceneries from 20,000 to 30,000 years ago.
Especially children are guaranteed an unforgettable experience with life-size animals. How large is a baby mammoth? How long are the teeth of a saber-toothed cat?
The exhibition was produced in cooperation with the Italian Contemporanea Progetti and Expona and the German Neanderthal Museum. The reconstructed animals come from Museo Jesolo, Italy. In addition, Vapriikki has been loaned items from the National Museum of Finland for the exhibition, as well as unique, over 20,000-year-old sculptures of Venus and different animals from Kunstkamera, an ethnographic and anthropological museum established by Peter the Great.
For those with an affinity towards learning, the exhibition offers a wealth of information on the nature and conditions of the ice age, the oldest known art in the world, and the lives of our ancestors. The Giants of the Ice Age is a mixture of natural sciences, archaeology, and history.
The exhibition features original archaeological findings, objects, and bones. In addition to the great hunters and herbivores, Vapriikki tells the story of human survival in the changing conditions of the ice age. The items discovered in the Wolf Cave in the Finnish Karijoki municipality are featured in their own section of the exhibition. The findings have been the subject of a great deal of discussion among scientists for a couple of decades.
Events connected to the exhibition will entertain audiences in the spring of 2016. A series of ice age-themed lectures will start as early as 3 February. The museum is also hosting a children's museum Sunday with an ice age theme on 21 February, and the winter break week will contain events and activities for the whole family.