Culten Documentation Centre

The new archeological museum in the Val d’Ultimo valley is dedicated to the prehistory and ancient history.

On the church hill of Santa Valburga (St. Walburg) in the Val d'Ultimo valley, a new museum has been opened in 2018. Beside the Ultimo Valley Museum in San Nicolò and the "lahnersäge" visitor centre of the Stelvio National Park in Santa Geltrude, it is the third one to enrich the cultural offer of the valley. The Culten Documentation Centre - "Dokumentationszentrum Culten" in German, "Centro di Documentazione Culten" in Italian - is housed in an ancient farmhouse from the 15th century. Its farm building has been removed and rebuilt 50 metres further on. During those works, not only objects from the 15th century have been found, but also the oldest know South Tyrolean examples of the traditional Watten Cards.

The Culten Documentation Centre, dedicated to the prehistory and ancient history, shows the lifestyle of the people in this period and their relation to the valley. Archaeological findings confirm the information. It consists of three areas: the Documentation Centre itself with the replica of a sacrificial altar and a mystic underground region, the F'Hochhaus Farm where special exhibitions are held on a regular basis, and the outdoor area with traditional crops of this region.

Already in the Bronze Age (2,200 until 800 BC) and Iron Age (750 BC until 500 AD), the valley was settled, some traces have been preserved until today. To one of them, the Museum Culten is dedicated: it is a settlement of the Bronze and Iron Age (1400 until 600 BC), that changed into a burnt offerings site in the 6th century BC. In Advent season, however, the museum becomes a special scenery of a Christmas Market called "Christmas in the Val d'Ultimo valley", where farm products and live music are offered. And how to reach it? It is located on the church hill, along the road from the village centre of Santa Valburga to the church. At the beginning of the road, there's a parking space, from there it's a 10-minute walk to the Culten Documentation Centre.

Opening hours:
The Documentation Centre will remain closed until further notice.

5.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
3.00 Euros (children and young people from 6 to 14 years)
4.00 Euros (seniors over 65)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0473 428900,

In summer 2020, access may still be subject to certain restrictions.

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