South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology


in short

The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy, was opened on the 28th of March, 1998. In its 1,200 square meters of exhibition rooms, it documents on three floors the chalcolithic mummy "Tyrolean Iceman" (nicknamed "Oetzi") and the artifacts found with him. The fourth floor is dedicated to regularly changing special exhibitions about archaeology in South Tyrol.
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South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

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Reminder Ötzi the Iceman

More than 5,000 years ago, a man ascended the icy heights of the Schnals Valley glacier and died there. In 1991, his mortal remains – together with his clothing and equipment, mummified and frozen – were discovered by accident. This was an archaeological sensation providing a unique glimpse into the life of a man of the Chalcolithic Period who was travelling at high altitudes.

After many years of investigation by highly-specialized research teams, the mummy recovered from the glacier and the accompanying artifacts are now accessible to the public in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. We are fascinated, astonished, but also strangely touched to meet a witness of our own past. The fate of an individual human being deprives the "story" of its anonymity – and it comes alive in our imaginations.

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is located in a former bank, dating from 1912 when the city was part of the Austrian Empire, on the edge of Bozen’s pedestrian zone.
9,00 / 7,00 EUR School classes (Schulklassen): 1,50 EUR Family Ticket: 18,00 EUR (2 Adults with Children under 14) Family Ticket "mini": 9,00 EUR (1 Adult with children under 14) Children under 6: free (Kinder bis 6 Jahre frei)
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Visitor entrance

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Museumstraße 43
39100 Bolzano
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Opening Times

10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
Open daily in July, August and December
Closed on Mondays (except bank holydays), on 1.1., 1.5. and 25.12.
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