DSC Schloss Tirol Museum Schloss Fahne
DSC Schloss Tirol Museum Schloss Fahne

South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History

One of the 10 Provincial Museums of South Tyrol can be found at Castel Tyrol in Merano and surroundings.

The roots of Castel Tyrol, 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 10 Provincial Museums of South Tyrol, an entity that also comprises other museums such as the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology or the South Tyrolean Wine Museum in Caldaro.

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 Castel Tyrol 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, well-known for its flight shows. 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. The trail is closed to traffic.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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Opening times

  • Fri 27 Nov closed
  • Sat 28 Nov closed
  • Sun 29 Nov closed
  • Mon 30 Nov closed
  • Tue 01 Dec closed
  • Wed 02 Dec 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 03 Dec 10:00 - 17:00

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COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Closure (11/02/2020 - 11/30/2020)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

05/20/2020 - 12/08/2020

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • 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

Italian Republic Day (06/02/2020) closed

Admission

€ 7.00 adults
€ 14.00 families (two adults and children under 14 years of age)
€ 7.00 families (one adult and children under 14 years of age)
€ 4.90 groups of 15 or more people, Senior citizens (over 65 years)
€ 3.50 school children, students and apprentices up to 27 years
€ 1.50 per person school classes
free for children up to 6 years

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