A museum in Ortisei offers an interesting journey across the history of the highly particular Val Gardena valley.
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The Museum Gherdëina in Ortisei, as the Gherdeina Local Heritage Museum is called in Ladin language, has been focused since 1960 on the history of the Ladin speaking Dolomite area. The exhibition has since been expanded twice, and offers now seven sections: Wooden Toys, Wood Carvings, Paintings, Unique exhibits, Archeology, Dolomites and Luis Trenker. One of the main attractions is a collection of wooden toys of the valley, collected before 1940. Ancient rocking horses and puppets like gold dust take you on a journey back to the childhood of former times. Three other sections are dedicated to local artistic painters of the 19th and 20th century, to unique exhibits such as the Lenten veil of the St. Jacob Church (1620/30) and the rare sanguines of Bierjun dating back to 1490 AD, as well as to archeologic findings of the Val Gardena valley.
Beside you can admire four centuries of woodcarving in the Val Gardena valley. Exhibited are mundane sculptures of the 17th - 19th century, cribs and sacred statuaries. In the long winter period in this region, people used to pursue this tradition, which is world-famous by now. So in the neighbouring Santa Cristina you can also visit the world’s largest hand-carved nativity scene.
Your museum visit can be concluded in the two sections dedicated to the Dolomites, and to Luis Trenker (1892 - 1990), famous mountain pioneer, actor and director born in the Val Gardena valley. And how to reach the Museum Gherdëina? It can be found in the Ladin House, the so-called Cësa di Ladins, in the centre of Ortisei (St. Ulrich). Outside the centre there are parking possibilities - a bus stop is located in the nearby Piazza San Antonio square.
Winter opening hours: from December 15, 2019, to April 12, 2020
Dec 15 - Jan 6, 2020:
daily from 10 am to 12.30 at noon time and from 2 pm to 6.30 pm
Jan 7 - April 12, 2020:
from Tuesday to Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm
closed on Dec 24 / Dec 25 / Dec 31, 2019 / Jan 1, 2020
Summer opening hours:
from mid-May to mid-October 2020
8.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 8 years
2.50 Euros (schoolchildren, students), 6.00 Euros (seniors over 60)
family ticket available (16.00 Euros)
reduction with the Kulturpass
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
phone: +39 0471 797554, email@example.com