50 000 years of local history in the heart of Europe is the theme of the permanent exhibition at the Laténium. The exhibition presents the different stages of human evolution, from the present day back to the times of the Neanderthal man. The first human beings settling in Switzerland date from 50 000 years ago. Then followed the glacial ambience, 25,000 years of ice age. As human societies started to constitute their first permanent settlements and lake-dwellings. The Celts, the Gallo-Romans and the Middle Ages are the next focus of the presentation.