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 (Bozen) - “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, opened in 1998, is one of the 10 Provincial Museums of South Tyrol, an entity that also comprises other museums such as the South Tyrolean Cultural History Museum at Castel Tyrol 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.

Opening hours: all year round
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
closed on Mondays (excluding bank holidays)
in July, August and December open daily
on December 24 open till 3 pm
on December 31 open till 3 pm
closed on Jan 1, May 1 and Dec 25

Admission:
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, info@iceman.it

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