South Tyrol Museum of Archeology
Oetzi, the Iceman, which is probably the most famous citizens of South Tyrol, can be admired in the Museum of Archeology in Bolzano since 1998.
The South Tyrol Museum of Archeology is located in Via Museo in Bolzano opposite the City Mseum and was inaugurated in 1998. In 2005 it has been made part of the Provincial Museums of South Tyrol, an entity that also comprises other museums such as the South Tyrol Museum of Cultural and Provincial History Castel Tirolo or the South Tyrol Wine Museum in Caldaro.
The museum documents the history of the province from the Palaeolithic Age and Middle Stone Age (15,000 BC) to the period of Carolingians. The concept of the permanent exhibition in the Archeologic Museum consists of original findings, reconstructions, videos as well as interactive media stations.
In 1991 a partly revealed and partly ice-covered human body was found at the Similaun glacier, located between the upper Val Senales and Austria. The “Iceman” (3,300 BC) was called Ötzi and is today one of the world’s most famous mummies.
Today Ötzi is conserved in a separate chamber boasting a temperature of -6°C and a relative humidity of 98%. Moreover one entire floor in the museum is dedicated to the life of the Iceman, its clothing made of organic materials as well as to his equipment.
> Tuesdays - Sundays: from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission 5.30 pm)
> Closed on Mondays, open on feast days
> July, August and December open every day (also on Mondays)
> on December 24 and 31 the museum closes its doors at 3 pm (last admission 2 pm)
> January 1, May 1 and December 25, the museum is closed
Adults from 9 euros, free for kids under 6