“ora et labora” Monastery Museum

The ground floor of the highest located Benedictine abbey in Europe, Monte Maria, houses the “ora et labora” Monastery Museum.

Since 2007, the well-known Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria in the Val Venosta valley has been home to a museum. Called "ora et labora", i.e. "pray and work", it takes up the motto of the Benedictine order in its name, and provides an insight into the everyday life of the monastery. Artworks from the founding period, that's to say from the 12th century, are also on display.

The museum is housed in the former economic wing of the monastery, and also organises special exhibitions from time to time with collections from the monastery treasury. During the renovation in 2004-2008, the old building was largely left in its original state, and a second contemporary level was created. In this way, the structural changes of the last centuries can be easily understood, and there are also films and a wide variety of objects to look at.

The crypt houses a special feature: The fresco cycle from the period between 1175 and 1180 is a unique monument of Romanesque art. A large part of these well-preserved paintings was discovered in 1887, but they were not fully uncovered until 1980. You can also visit the library, the Church of St. Stephen, and the exhibition depot. And how to reach the "ora et labora" Monastery Museum - "Klostermuseum" in German, "Museo del monastero" in Italian? On foot the Benedictine Path leads from Burgusio to the monastery, by car there is a road leading from Burgusio towards Slingia/Watles. The car park is in a bend, from there it is another 100 m to the monastery.

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Opening times

  • Tue 05 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 06 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 07 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 08 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 09 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10 Jul closed
  • Mon 11 Jul 10:00 - 17:00

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Season 2022 (03/15/2022 - 10/31/2022)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun closed

Good Friday 2022 (04/15/2022) closed

Easter 2022 (04/17/2022) closed

Easter Monday 2022 (04/18/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Liberation Day 2022 (04/25/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Labor Day 2022 (05/01/2022) closed

Republic Day 2022 (06/02/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2022 (06/06/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Feast of the Assumption 2022 (08/15/2022) closed


Monastery Museum "ora et labora":
€ 5.50 adults
€ 4.50 groups
€ 3.00 students

free for children up to 14 years (if accompanied by their parents)

guided museum tour every Wednesday at 2 pm (in German language)

guided tour of the crypt, library, Saint Stephen and showcase:
€ 27.00 tour (crypt, library and showcase)
€ 10.50 guided tour of the library
€ 10.50 guided tour of the crypt
€ 10.50 guided tour of Saint Stephen
€ 10.50 guided tour of the showcase

More information

The crypt, library, Saint Stephen and showcase are accessible only during a guided tour:

Mondays: 10 am Saint Stephen - 3 pm tour
Tuesdays: 2 pm library - 3.30 pm crypt
Wednesdays: 4 pm crypt
Thursdays: 10.15 am crypt - 11 am library
Fridays: 10 am Saint Stephen - 3 pm tour
Saturday: 3 pm crypt - 4 pm tour

Tours in German language, reservation needed - the museum visit is included.

Monte Maria stays closed on Sundays and on church holidays, except on Easter Monday and Whit Monday. The Monastery Museum will be open also in the Christmas period.

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