South Tyrol Museum of Archeology

Oetzi, the Iceman, can be admired in the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology since 1998.

The South Tyrol Museum of Archeology is located in Via Museo in Bolzano, opposite the City Mseum. In 2005 it has been made part of the Provincial Museums of South Tyrol (Südtiroler Landesmuseen), an entity that also comprises other museums such as the South Tyrolean Museum of Cultural and Provincial History Castel Tirolo or the South Tyrolean Wine Museum in Caldaro.

The museum documents the history of the province from the Palaeolithic and Middle Stone Age (15,000 BC) to the period of Carolingians (800 AD). The concept of the permanent exhibition in the museum consists of original findings, reconstructions, videos as well as interactive media stations. One entire floor in the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology is dedicated to the life of the Iceman, its clothing made of organic materials as well as to his equipment. He’s probably the most famous citizens of South Tyrol.

In 1991 a partly revealed and partly ice-covered human body was found at the Similaun Glacier in the Oetztal Alps, located between the upper Val Senales and Austria, 92.55 m away from the Austrian border on Italian territory. The Iceman (3,300 BC) was called Oetzi and is one of the world’s most famous mummies. Oetzi, 1.58 m tall, was fatally injured by an arrow when he was about 46 years old. Today Oetzi is conserved in a separate chamber boasting a temperature of -6° C and a relative humidity of 98%.

Opening hours: all-the-year
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
closed on Mondays (excluding bank holidays)
in July, August and December open daily

December 24 open till 3 pm
December 31 open till 3 pm
closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25

9.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
7.00 Euros (schoolchildren, students, seniors over 65)
family ticket and “mini” family ticket available
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0471 320100,

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