Merkantilmuseum Ehrensaal
Merkantilmuseum Ehrensaal

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 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 town 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.

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Opening times

  • Sat 24 Feb 10:00 - 12:30
  • Sun 25 Feb closed
  • Mon 26 Feb 10:00 - 12:30
  • Tue 27 Feb 10:00 - 12:30
  • Wed 28 Feb 10:00 - 12:30
  • Thu 29 Feb 10:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 01 Mar 10:00 - 12:30

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Winter 2024 (08/01/2024 - 23/03/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 12:30
  • Tue 10:00 - 12:30
  • Wed 10:00 - 12:30
  • Thu 10:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 12:30
  • Sat 10:00 - 12:30
  • Sun closed

Special closure 2024 (01/02/2024 - 05/02/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Spring 2024 (25/03/2024 - 01/06/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 12:30
  • Tue 10:00 - 12:30
  • Wed 10:00 - 12:30
  • Thu 10:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 12:30
  • Sat 10:00 - 12:30
  • Sun closed

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) closed

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) closed

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) closed

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) closed

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) closed

Admission

€ 7.00 adults
€ 4.00 seniors 60+
€ 4.00 groups (more than 10 persons)
€ 2.00 students (6-26 years)

€ 14.00 family ticket (2 adults with children)

free for children under 6 years

€ 5.00 audio guide

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Guided tours for school classes and for groups on request also outside the opening hours (70.00 € flat rate, during the opening hours free guided tour for school classes).

The Bolzano Mercantile Museum stays open all year round, closed on Sundays and public holidays. Special closure due to the International Chess Tournament from February 1 to 5, 2024.

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