At the very start of developing the Krapina Neanderthal Museum project, its authors, architect Željko Kovačić and palaeontologist Jakov Radovčić, extended the project’s scope to include the complex of the Prehistoric Park of Krapina Neanderthals. This created the possibility of a larger tourist and cultural offer to meet the needs and demands of the largest circle of visitors and tourists as possible. The focal point of the Park is the protected paleontological locality and prehistoric man findings on Hušnjakovo Hill.
The new Museum provides expert interpretation of the Neanderthals topic in present times through its contemporary multimedia contents. The presentation of prehistoric topics would be continued in a more direct way in the Park itself, with its accompanying contents and by way of direct visitor involvement. The forest vegetation needs to be replaced with one similar to the time of Neanderthals. Overgrown vegetation, which is now hiding the habitat, should be removed to offer a view of the Neanderthal man, looking down on the valley and controlling its activities. Trails and paths will display additional information on plants, rocks and pedological layers. Arbours will be set up next to the signs, and will provide a place for workshops: school of geology, school of Stone Age tool carving, stone throwing or wood carving, wilderness survival, etc.
To the lower, flat areas of the Park would be locations for playgrounds for smaller children. Fort Leh, lying on the neighbouring hill, will be incorporated into outdoor contents, as well as the existing Forma prima, which should continue its expansion with participation from new sculptors.
The building of the former Kneipp Sanitarium will be reconstructed to bring back its previous classicist features. The building is an important element of the Park as it was under construction just at the time of Gorjanić-Kramberger’s excavations on the Neanderthal locality. The interior of the building will be remodelled to meet the new requirements of the Park as a whole. The ground floor would contain the information counter with the souvenir shop, a bar and a restaurant which would open onto the covered terrace facing the excavation site. The first floor would be home to the Museum Board and an exhibition hall, while the attic would host museum workshops and a depository. A multifunctional hall would be in the basement. The park in front of the Kneipp Sanitarium, facing the railroad, would be reconstructed to regain its French park style with a pool, fountain and palms.