Foiana Farm Life Museum

The Museum of Farm Life in Foiana in the Merano area shows evidence of the peasant everyday life in the 18th and 19th century

Not so long ago, technology didn't offer as much support as it does today and the lives of farmers were arduous and meagre. The Foiana Farm Life Museum - "Bauernmuseum Völlan" in German, "Museo Contadino di Foiana" in Italian - has made it its business to document those times with a multitude of tools, implements and objects from everyday farm life in the 18th and 19th century. In the Seventies, Horst Giessner from Munich, the local guardian Karl Frei and the local priest P. Rudolf Lantschner, who provided the premises, realised their idea of a local museum.

It was opened in 1977 in an outbuilding of the parsonage, which originally housed a wooden hut, laundry room, pigsty and oven. Today the Foiana Farm Life Museum is run by the Foiana Museum Association. It is divided into two floors, on the ground floor there are four rooms: a farmhouse parlour with a God's corner and an oven bench as well as a chest of drawers from the Val di Non valley (1862), a room with all kinds of tools and baskets, another room with rakes as well as a mill room with a mill from Auna di Sopra on the Renon High Plateau.

On the upper floor, however, you can admire everything that has to do with spinning and weaving. And how to reach the Foiana Farm Life Museum? It is located on the outskirts of the village of Foiana and offers a small car park. Foiana can be reached from Lana in 10 minutes by city bus 214.

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The Farm Life Museum stays open from Easter to October, season start 2024 at the end of March.

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