Pavilon Anthropos – A Stroll Through the Stone Age

The Human Family Tree on Display

The statue which clearly marks the entrance way to Pavilon Anthropos
The statue which clearly marks the entrance way to Pavilon Anthropos

A department of the Moravian Museum, Pavilon Anthropos is a showcase not simply of the stages of human evolution but also of human life in the Czech lands in the Stone Age.

The facility consists of a large permanent display that incorporates dioramas, models, skeletons, period tools and artifacts in a chronological fashion. The permanent exhibition hall occupies three floors and is spacious and open plan with a great deal of natural light being allowed in. There are also several comfortable bench seats to take a rest on if you need.

There are two smaller exhibition halls for temporary exhibits as well as a small cafe and coat room in the building foyer.

The Permanent Display Hall

Diorama showing a likely depiction of life in the Brno area 40-50 thousand years ago.
Diorama showing a likely depiction of life in the Brno area 40-50 thousand years ago.

The permanent display begins with an exhibit outlining human genetics and the work done by J.G. Mendel, the father of modern genetics. Nearby are displays about the earliest known human ancestors and how closely other primates may or may not be related to the human line.

The main atrium of the permanent display area is dominated by a diorama of a mammoth and her calf, around which you can find a series of displays showing the various human ancestors in chronological order.

Mammoth diorama in atrium.
Mammoth diorama in atrium.

Other exhibits in the permanent collection include reproductions of cave art, dioramas showing a variety of aspects of period life and displays of artifacts found by archaeologists in the Czech Republic.

The display is well organised and presented; if there is a downside to it, it is that the display boards accompanying the exhibits are only in Czech. However, you can obtain audio guides at the admissions desk when you pay your entry fee.

Mammoth skeleton surrounded by displays of period tools and dioramas of Stone Age housing.
Mammoth skeleton surrounded by displays of period tools and dioramas of Stone Age housing.

Temporary Exhibit Halls

At the time of my visit, the temporary hall on the main floor had an exhibition of Australian aboriginal art while the hall in the basement of the building had a long term display of paintings by Czech artist Zdeněk Burian (1905-1981). Burian made many paintings depicting prehistoric life of various periods that are absorbing to look at from not only the anthropological standpoint, but also the artistic one.

Visiting Pavilon Anthropos

Part of long term Zdeněk Burian painting display.
Part of long term Zdeněk Burian painting display.

Pavilon Anthropos is located very close to Brno’s exhibition grounds in the Pisárky district of the city and very easy to access by public transport. It can also be accessed by foot or on bicycle using a path along the Svratka river which runs through the city.

When the weather is nice, the park which the facility is located in is very pleasant to spend time relaxing in.

For information about opening hours, admission prices and changes of temporary exhibitions, follow this link:

http://www.mzm.cz/en/pavilon-anthropos/

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