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Peter Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum

This special museum at Parcines is dedicated to Peter Mitterhofer (1822 - 1893), inventor of the typewriter.

Peter Mitterhofer was born in 1822 in Parcines and worked as a carpenter, following in the footsteps of his father. In 1864 he developed his first wooden model of typewriter, four more followed in the following years. But he had no recognition at all - only after the death he has been recognised as the inventor of the typewriter. On the occasion of his 100th death anniversary, in 1993 the Typewriter Museum - "Schreibmaschinenmuseum" in German, "Museo delle Macchine da Scrivere" in Italian" - was inaugurated in his birth place, Parcines.

In those days, the museum was hosted temporarily by the former elementary school of Tel, but already in 1997 it was transferred to the new Teisenhaus building, located in the centre of Parcines. Toady it boasts four floors and around 2,000 exhibits, providing an insight into more than 100 years of typewriting history. The exhibition comprises the timespan from 1864, the historic year of invention, up to the Eighties. By dioramas and modern communication media the visitors get illustrated information about this invention and its history of origins. By the way: The last typewriter was produced in 2011 in India in the last factory for mechanical typewriters.

One of the highlights of the museum is the Danish "Malling Hansen", dating back to 1867 and one of the most precious typewriters ever. This Writing Ball won several awards and Malling Hansen himself, inventor of this typewriting machine, received the golden honour-medal. Also the very first typewriter invented by Peter Mitterhofer can be admired in the exhibition. His 4th model, however, is displayed at the Merano Municipal Museum. And how to reach the Peter Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum? It can be found in the centre of Parcines, a parking place is located at the Piazza della Chiesa (Church Square). Parcines can also be reached by bus line 213 from Merano.

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Opening times

  • Thu 26 May 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 27 May 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 28 May 10:00 - 12:00
  • Sun 29 May closed
  • Mon 30 May 14:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 31 May 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 01 Jun 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00

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Summer 2022 (04/01/2022 - 10/29/2022)

  • Mon 14:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 12:00
  • Sun closed

1st Sunday of April (04/03/2022) 14:00 - 18:00

Easter 2022 (04/17/2022) closed

Easter Monday 2022 (04/18/2022) closed

Liberation Day 2022 (04/25/2022) closed

Labor Day / 1st Sunday of May (05/01/2022) closed

Republic Day 2022 (06/02/2022) closed

1st Sunday of June (06/05/2022) 14:00 - 18:00

Whit Monday 2022 (06/06/2022) closed

1st Sunday of July (07/03/2022) 14:00 - 18:00

1st Sunday of August (08/07/2022) 14:00 - 18:00

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

1st Sunday of September (09/04/2022) 14:00 - 18:00

1st Sunday of October (10/02/2022) 14:00 - 18:00

Admission

€ 7.00 adults, young people (16-18 years)
€ 6.30 adults (with guest card), students
€ 6.30 seniors 65+, groups (more than 10 persons)
€ 2.00 children and young people (6-15 years)

€ 15.00 family ticket

free for children under 6 years

free admission from April to October for everyone
every 1st Sunday of the month (2 pm to 6 pm)

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The museum stays open also in winter. Closed on public holidays.

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