The ice age returns – Nordea-fonden supports large exhibition about the climate and the wildlife of the ice age.

It is a beautiful day in may in Denmark. The sun is high in the sky, the nights are bright, and the temperature is below freezing. In the landscape woolly mammoths and Irish elks are grazing, and herds of reindeer run past trying to escape the hungry wolves. It is 11,000 years BC. It is ice age in Denmark

About the project

From spring 2016, Naturhistorisk Museum in Aarhus and Aalborg Zoo, with the support from Nordea-fonden present the giant ice age exhibition, Back to the ice age. The exhibitions disseminates stories about the ice age and the animals that lived there, but a very important message is the role that the ice age have had in forming the Danish landscape that we know today. Back to the ice age is in two parts.

April 8th, Aalborg Zoo opened the second part of the exhibition, with focus on how te Danish landscape was formed and the diverse life that lived by the ice front. From the mammoth to the dung-beetle.

May 14th, Naturhistorisk Museum in Aarhus opened the first part of the exhibition, which show a number of the giant extinct ice age animals. You can come face to face with mammoths, straight-tusked elephants, saber-toothed cats, cave bear, and Irisk elk. All made in the actual size.

After the exhibitions have been at the two attractions, it will be made into a moveable exhibition. Several large Danish attractions have already showed interest in the exhibition.

The exhibition at Aalborg Zoo:

  • The forces of the ice and the powers of the cold in the ice age glaciers
  • The Mammoth Steppe and the diverse life at the ice front, from buzzing insects to the death of a mammoth
  • The human struggle to survive with stone spears, fire, and reindeer-hides.
  • How was Denmark created. And you can try playing with the landscape in the geology-sandbox yourself.
  • The research-tent that takes a closer look at what animal findings, pollen, and prehistoric DNA can tell us.
  • The sky, and get the answer to, if the ice age will return

The exhibition in Aarhus

You can meet the lifelike ice age animals in the dimension of 1:1. You can acquire new knowledge of the giant ice age animals. Where did they come from, how did they adapt to the cold, and why did so many of them disappear?

You can come face to face with:

  • Mammoths
  • Straight-tusked elephants
  • Saber-toothed cats
  • Cave hyenas
  • Woolly rhinoceros
  • Irish Elk
  • Cave bears

This is how the ice age animals were built…

Further questions?

Bo Skaarup, Museum Director
Naturhistorisk Museum Aarhus
Tlf.: 30 57 23 35

Henrik Johansen, Director
Aalborg Zoo
Tlf.: 96 31 29 29

Tine Wickers, Head of Communications
Nordea-fonden
Tlf.: 40 60 30 40