In Meltina, an exhibition takes you on a journey through millions of years of earth history.
Image gallery: Meltina Fossil Exhibition
Meltina, situated on the Monzoccolo mountain above the Valle dell'Adige valley between Merano and Bolzano, has its own small museum. It is a permanent exhibition on the Town Hall Square, entirely dedicated to the history of the earth and the fossils and minerals found around the village (1,140 m a.s.l.) and in the quarry on the Giogo di Meltina ridge at more than 1,700 m a.s.l.
11 display cases tell about the geology of the Monzoccolo, about millions of years of earth history and the associated geological processes. Other display boards of the Meltina Fossil Exhibition - "Fossilienschau Mölten" in German, "Esposizione di fossili a Meltina" in Italian - present the most beautiful minerals, fossils and geological finds. A highlight are the fossil tree and plant remains, which are about 260 million years old and dated to the younger Permian period.
It is a true journey through time to a world when there was a sea where mountains rise today, where volcanoes erupted and long-extinct animals lived. The fossil show has two levels connected by stairs. And how to reach it? It is located on the Town Hall Square, a little above there is a car park. The small museum is partly roofed, but does not have any sanitary facilities. The building will be rebuilt in 2021. Meltina is also easily accessible by public transport (bus line 204).
The exhibition is currently undergoing redesign and stays closed until further notice.