Tiso Mineral Museum

The museum in the Val di Funes valley shows you the collection of the mineral searcher Paul Fischnaller.

Already in the 1970s, the tourist information of Tiso (Teis) irregularly put on display minerals. When in the 1990s the mineral searcher Paul Fischnaller relinquished his comprehensive mineral collection to the municipal corporation of Funes, it was displayed in different rooms. Finally in September 1999, in the ground floor of the club house, the barrier-free Tiso Mineral Museum - “Mineralienmuseum Teis” in German, “Museo Mineralogico di Tiso” in Italian - was inaugurated.

The collection is highly impressive! The highlights are the characteristic “Spheres of Tiso”, that is to say minerals with a diameter of up to 20 cm that developed in air pockets of quartz-porphyry stone. The infiltration of saline solutions caused agates, amethysts and mountain crystals to develop. However, the minerals of the collection do not only come from Tiso, but also from the other areas that Paul Fischnaller visited, such as other South Tyrolean valleys, Switzerland, the Valle d’Aosta valley, the Mont-Blanc region and Idar Oberstein in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany.

The offer is completed by a small museum shop and different special exhibitions, e.g. “Meteorites - Fireballs from space”. By the way: another mineral collection in South Tyrol can be found in San Giovanni in the Valle Aurina valley, the Kirchler Mineral Museum. And how to reach the Tiso Mineral Museum? It is located in the village centre, parking spaces are available in the surroundings. Tiso is also accessible by public means of transport, e.g. bus line 340 from Bressanone, or by foot. A 2-hour walk leads you from Gudon near the town of Chiusa to Tiso, whereas a 3-hour hike takes you on the Val di Funes Valley Trail from Santa Maddalena to Tiso.

Winter opening hours: from December 27, 2018, to January 5, 2019
daily (except bank holidays) from 9 am to noon time

Opening hours: from April 14 to November 3, 2019
from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to noon time and from 2 pm to 4 pm
on weekends from 2 pm to 5 pm, closed on Mondays
guided visits upon request

Admission:
5.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
2.00 Euros (children and young people from 6 to 15 years)
April and May: admission 10.00 Euros per family
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0472 844522, info@mineralienmuseum-teis.it

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