RS bozen naturmuseum
RS bozen naturmuseum

South Tyrol Museum of Nature

The Nature Museum in the Via Bottai alley in Bolzano offers interesting exhibitions all year round.

The South Tyrol Museum of Nature is the only provincial museum of natural history and is for this reason the main collecting and documentation point for natural history objects of South Tyrol. Furthermore it is one of the 11 Provincial Museums of South Tyrol, and took over the direction of the Planetarium South Tyrol in December 2020. It is located in the Administrative Building of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, in the northeast corner of the Historic Town of Bolzano, more precisely in the Via Bottai alley, a Gothic building dating back to the 16th century.

In the museum - "Naturmuseum Südtirol" in German, "Museo di Scienze Naturali dell'Alto Adige" in Italian - visitors can make a natural history and culture tour across the regions of South Tyrol. The development and the aspects of the unique mountain and valley landscapes and their respective biospheres is illustrated by means of several carefully selected examples. Models and stagings provide detailed information, whereas the games and experiments make a visit to the museum interesting for children. The exhibition comprises two main sections: geology in South Tyrol and the typical living environments in the region.

The highlights of the Nature Museum are the living anthill and the reef-tank of 9,000 litres with the nautilus aquarium. It gives a lively insight into the coral reef of the Triassic about 230 million years ago. Once upon a time a shallow primordial ocean covered the area where today the Dolomites rise. The museum offer is completed by temporary exhibitions, talks and offers for children such as a night at the museum. And how to reach the South Tyrol Museum of Nature? It can be found in the Via Bottai alley at the end of the Historic Town of Bolzano. The parking spaces around as well as the bus stop at the Piazza Walther square and the train station are a 10-minute walk away.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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€ 7.00 adults
€ 5.00 groups of 15 or more, seniors, handicapped, students up to 27, military
€ 1.50 children (with class)
€ 14.00 families (2 adults, children up to 16 years)
free for children up to 6

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