Schloss Tirol Museum Kreuzigungsgruppe Altarbild
Schloss Tirol Museum Kreuzigungsgruppe Altarbild

South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History

One of the famous Provincial Museums of South Tyrol can be found at Tyrol Castle in Merano and surroundings

The roots of Tyrol Castle, formerly seat of the Lords of Tyrol and eponymous for the whole region, date back to the 12th century. In 2003 the South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History - "Südtiroler Museum für Kultur- und Landesgeschichte" in German, "Museo storico-culturale della Provincia di Bolzano" in Italian - was inaugurated in these venerable walls. It is one of the Provincial Museums of South Tyrol. This museum shows not only the beautiful rooms of the castle, but provides also an insight into the history of Tyrol down to the present day on 20 different levels. The temple is one of the many rooms - it is dedicated to archaelogical finds from the various areas excavated around Tyrol Castle and its different building stages.

From here you can enter the crypt. Also the Knights' Hall, Burgrave's Hall, Emperor's Hall and the Upper and Lower Chapel are accessible and tell e.g. about the medieval society or about status and power. A well-known picture taken inside the South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History represents the Crucifixion scene from 1330 AD in the Lower Chapel. This "miraculös cruzifix" was venerated by locals and pilgrims as a relic. The garden behind the castle, however, offers a magnificent panoramic view on Merano and surroundings. There you can find also a small building dedicated to the church excavations - the remains found in this place date back to the 5th century AD. The building underneath Castel Tyrol houses the Bird Care Centre.

And how to reach the South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History? Tirolo village (Dorf Tirol) offers several parking spaces (subject to charge). From there, the Castle Path leads you in a pleasant 30-minute walk to the castle, passing also an old tunnel and the well-known Earth Pyramids. The trail is closed to traffic. Also the Ruling Trail leads past the castle.

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Opening times

  • Tue 23 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 24 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 25 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 26 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 27 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 28 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Mon 29 Apr closed

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Spring 2024 (15/03/2024 - 02/06/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) closed

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) closed

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Summer 2024 (04/06/2024 - 08/09/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Autumn 2024 (10/09/2024 - 10/11/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

€ 10.00 adults
€ 7.50 groups (15 and more persons)
€ 7.50 seniors 65+
€ 7.50 students and apprentices (up to 27 years)
€ 7.50 people with disabilities
€ 3.00 school classes

€ 10.00 family ticket (1 adult with children up to 16 years)
€ 20.00 family ticket (2 adults with children up to 16 years)

free for children under 6 years
free with the Museumcard and museumobil Card

€ 4.00 audio guide per person
€ 4.00 surcharge guided tour for groups (15 and more persons)
€ 2.00 surcharge guided tour for school classes (per person)

More information

Audio guides for children and for adults are available in English, German and Italian language. Guided tours for groups and for school classes on request.

The South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History stays open every year from mid-March to mid-November, closed on Mondays. Season start 2024 on March 15.

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