Archaeologiemuseum Bozen
Archaeologiemuseum Bozen

South Tyrol Museum of Archeology

Oetzi, the Iceman and probably the most famous citizens of South Tyrol, can be admired in the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology.

The South Tyrol Museum of Archeology in Bolzano - "Südtiroler Archäologiemuseum" in German, "Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige" in Italian - 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. But the museum is world-famous for Oetzi, the Iceman, which has been accessible to the public since 1998...

An 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. Oetzi is conserved in a separate chamber boasting a temperature of -6° C and a relative humidity of 98%. A small window enables to catch a glimpse of the Iceman. In September 1991, a partly revealed and partly ice-covered human body was found by a couple from Nuremberg (Germany) at the Similaun Glacier in the Oetztal Alps. The place of recovery is located at more than 3,000 m a.s.l., only 92.55 m away from the Austrian border on Italian territory. After decades of research we know now that Oetzi, 1.58 m tall, lived around 3,300 BC and was fatally injured by an arrow when he was about 46 years old.

By the way: The museum, inaugurated in 1998, is one of the 11 Provincial Museums of South Tyrol, an entity that also comprises other museums such as the South Tyrolean Cultural History Museum at Tyrol Castle or the South Tyrolean Wine Museum in Caldaro. And how to reach the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology? It is located in the Via Museo road in Bolzano, opposite the Municipal Museum at the beginning of the pedestrian area in the town centre. On the other side of the Talvera Bridge, at Piazza Vittoria square, there’s a parking space (subject to charge). Only a few steps from the museum the urban bus lines stop.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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Admission

€ 9.00 adults
€ 7.00 groups (min. 20 people)
€ 7.00 students (under 27 years), apprentices
€ 7.00 seniors 65+, people with disabilities
€ 1.50 students (school classes)

free for children under 6 years

€ 18.00 family ticket (2 adults with children under 16 years)
€ 9.00 family ticket mini (1 adult with children under 16 years)

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The museum stays open all year round and is accessible also without guide: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Mondays (except on public holidays). In July, August and December, the museums is open daily.

Closure: January 1, May 1, December 25. On December 24 and 31, the museum closes at 3 pm. Ticket reservation recommended.

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