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Villa Freischütz House Museum

An impressive villa in Maia Alta, surrounded by the “Garden of Living Silence”, displays the art collection of Franz Fromm

In 1909, a villa was built in a top location in Maia Alta. The stately house no longer presents itself in Art Nouveau style like many other buildings in the spa town, but already in the style of architectural modernism, which was predominant in the first half of the 20th century. From the Via Priami path, which leads past the villa, it is hard to see in its park between the trees.

But it houses a special exhibition: the impressive art collection of Franz Fromm, who bought the house in 1922. Franz Fromm was a wine merchant from Prussia, but he had a passion for works of art from all over the world. He died in the Villa Freischütz in Merano in 1941. His granddaughter Rosamaria Navarini (1926-2013) donated the villa and its art collection to a foundation that was to make it accessible to the public. This Fondazione Navarini-Ugarte now runs the museum, which displays everyday objects from the period 1922-1941, including board games and household books, as well as works of art such as paintings by Ellen Tornquist and Georg Greve Lindau.

The villa itself is also worth a visit: The high rooms, the magnificent terrazzo floors, the Asian wallpapers and the furniture from all corners of the world provide a fascinating environment. It is surrounded by the wildly overgrown "Garden of Living Silence". In 2024, as one of only two Italian museums - the other one is the Giovanni Poleni Museum of Padua - it has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award, the "Oscar of the museum world". And how to reach the museum, called "Hausmuseum Villa Freischütz" in German and "Casa Museo Villa Freischütz" in Italian? It is located in the Via Priami in Maia Alta (for those coming by foot), there is a bus stop (line 1) about a 5-minute walk away. Access to the parking space for cars: Via Belvedere road 8.

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Opening times

  • Tue 23 Jul 14:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 24 Jul 14:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 25 Jul 14:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 26 Jul 14:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 27 Jul 10:00 - 13:00
  • Sun 28 Jul closed
  • Mon 29 Jul 14:00 - 18:00

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Spring 2024 (20/04/2024 - 01/06/2024)

  • Mon 14:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 14:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 14:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 14:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 14:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 13:00
  • Sun closed

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) 14:00 - 18:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 14:00 - 18:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 14:00 - 18:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) closed

Summer 2024 (03/06/2024 - 31/07/2024)

  • Mon 14:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 14:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 14:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 14:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 14:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 13:00
  • Sun closed

Summer closure 2024 (01/08/2024 - 31/08/2024)

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

Autumn 2024 (01/09/2024 - 31/10/2024)

  • Mon 14:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 14:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 14:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 14:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 14:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 13:00
  • Sun closed

Admission

1st floor (admission without guide):
€ 10.00 adults
€ 8.00 children and young people (unter 18 years)
€ 8.00 students
€ 8.00 seniors 65+
€ 8.00 people with disabilities

2nd floor (only with guide, reservation needed):
€ 10.00 adults
€ 8.00 children and young people (unter 18 years)
€ 8.00 students
€ 8.00 seniors 65+
€ 8.00 people with disabilities

More information

During the opening hours, the first floor can be visited without guide, whereas the second floor is accessible only during a guided tour (on reservation, in German or Italian language).

The Villa Freischütz House Museum stays open from mid-April to the end of October, summer closure in August, season start 2024 on April 20, on the day of the 5th anniversary of its opening.

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