Museum Ladin Ursus ladinicus

This museum in San Cassiano in Alta Badia belongs to the Museum Ladin Ćiastel de Tor and is dedicated to the cave bear.

In the charming village of San Cassiano, (1,537 m asl), part of the municipality of Badia, there is the Museum Ladin Ursus ladinicus that is dedicated to the eponymous cave bear. This exhibition is an outpost of the Museum Ladin, located in the Ćiastel de Tor in San Martino in Badia, about 18 km away. In autumn 1987 Willy Costamoling from Corvara made an astonishing and important find underneath the Conturines peak at about 2,800 m asl. In a cave he discovered a huge amount of bones of a cave bear dated from the interglacial period about 40,000 years ago.

In the years after, this grotto was systematically explored and examined by a team of the University of Vienna, under Prof. Gernot Rabeder. The results are highly astonishing: this cave bear belongs to a new species that has never been described before. Basing on the place of discovery in the Ladin speaking area, it has been named Ursus ladinicus. Also bones of a cave lion were laid open. This place of discovery is presumed to be the highest-located with regards to cave bears and cave lions.

Finally in 2011, an exhibition was dedicated to the bear species. The outpost of the Ladin Museum comprises three floors. The basement shows a replication of the Conturines cave with reproduction of the Ursus ladinicus. On the ground floor, there is the museum shop and the ticket desk, while the first floor is dedicated to the history of origin of the Dolomites. This is where you can admire the most important fossils discovered in San Cassiano and surroundings. The connection between Dolomites and cave bear in one museum is reasoned, as the excavated bones reveal important information about the climate in the Dolomites in the prehistoric period.

Spring opening hours: from January 11 to April 1, 2018
Jan 11 - March 31, 2018:
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 3 to 7 pm
Easter (April 1, 2018):
Easter Sunday from 3 to 7 pm

Summer opening hours: from May 1 to October 31, 2018
May 1 - June 30, 2018:
from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm, closed on Mondays
July 1 - Aug 31, 2018:
from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm
Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm
Sept 1 - Oct 31, 2018:
from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm, closed on Mondays

Winter opening hours: from December 26, 2018, to January 6, 2019
daily from 3 to 7 pm

8.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
6.50 Euros (students, seniors over 65)
family ticket available
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
free admission to the Museum Ladin Ćiastel de Tor (with the ticket of Ursus ladinicus)

Further information:
phone: +39 0474 524020,

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  4. Residence Badia

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  5. Hotel Tofana

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