The mineral museum in the Val di Funes shows you the collection of the mineral searcher Paul Fischnaller.
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Already in the ’70s, the tourist authority of Tiso irregularly put on display minerals in an exhibition of two weeks. When in the ’90s, the mineral searcher Paul Fischnaller relinquished his comprehensive mineral collection to the municipal corporation of Funes, it was displayed in different rooms. Finally in September 1999, in the ground floor of the club house, the Mineral Museum Tiso was inaugurated.
The collection is highly impressive. The highlights are the characteristic “Spheres of Tiso” (Teiser Kugeln, in German), that is to say minerals with a diameter of up to 20 cm that developed in air pockets of quartz-porphyry stone. The infiltration of saline solutions caused agates, amethysts and mountain crystals to develop. However, the minerals of the collection do not only come from Tiso, but also from other areas such as other South Tyrolean valleys, Switzerland, Valle Aosta, the Mont-Blanc region and Idar Oberstein in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany.
Right at the beginning of the museum you can learn more about the formation of minerals. What is particularly recommendable is a closer look at the minerals through the microscope. The visit to the Mineral Museum Tiso terminates in the museum shop, where you can purchase deepening material or your personal jewellery or healing stone. The museum by the way also organizes special exhibitions.
from April 9 to November 5, 2017
from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 4 pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm
closed on Mondays
guided visits only upon request
5.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
2.00 Euros (children and young people from 6 to 15 years)
April and May: admission 10.00 Euros per family
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
phone: +39 0472 844522, email@example.com