This museum is hosted by the Mercantile Building, the former Commercial Court of the provincial capital.
In Via Argentieri in the historic town of Bolzano, near the Dome, 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 these days, Bolzano used to be a commercial city of international importance. Merchants from the most important trade centres such as Augsburg and Venice then met on the fairs of Bolzano, staged already at that time.
The building 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 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.
Opening hours: all-the-year
from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 12.30 am
closed on Sundays and bank holidays
4.00 Euros (adults), 2.00 Euros (seniors over 60)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
phone: +39 0471 945702 / 945637, firstname.lastname@example.org