Bolzano Mercantile Museum

This museum is hosted by the Mercantile Building, the former Commercial Court of the provincial capital.

In the Via Argentieri alley in the centre of Bolzano (Bozen) there is the historic Mercantile Magistrate. Claudia de’ Medici, Archduchess consort of Austria and Regent of the Austrian County of Tyrol, conferred this privilege of a Commercial Court to Bolzano in 1635 AD, so that differences between merchants from different cities could immediately been settled. In those days, Bolzano used to be a commercial city of international importance. Merchants from the most important trade centres such as Augsburg and Venice already then met on the Fairs of Bolzano.

The building itself was realised by the architects Giovanni and Giuseppe Delai, according to the plans of Francesco Perotti from Verona from 1708 to 1727. It represents the only Renaissance building of Bolzano. When the magistrate was closed down, this building hosted the Chamber of Commerce for a long period of time. Today the Mercantile Museum - “Merkantilmuseum” in German, “Museo Mercantile” in Italian - illustrates the history of Bolzano as a trade city.

Highly impressive from outside are the broad stairs and the portal. Inside you can admire precious chattels such as the furnishings of the master carpenter Anton Katzler, pieces of art by Tyrolean Baroque painters as well as original documents. Also worth seeing are the pompous halls such as the Hall of Honour, in which once upon a time the assizes were held. As of late, you can also have a look into the Mediaeval cellar. And how to reach the Bolzano Mercantile Museum? It can be found in the Via Argentieri (Silver Alley), right behind the Piazza Walther square. There, you’ll find a parking garage (subject to charge) as well as a bus stop.

Opening hours: all-year-round
from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 12.30 pm
closed on Sundays and bank holidays

May 19, 2019: International Museum Day (from 10 am to 6 pm)

Admission:
4.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
2.00 Euros (children and young people up to 14 years, students, seniors over 60)
family ticket available (8.00 Euros)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0471 945702 / 945637, mm@handelskammer.bz.it

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