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South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

., 39100 Bolzano, Italy
0471 320100
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Ranked #2 of 27 attractions in Bolzano
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The exhibition of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology consists of a collection of the most important archaeological findings of South Tyrol, like... more » Owner description: The exhibition of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology consists of a collection of the most important archaeological findings of South Tyrol, like the world famous chalcolithic ice mummy called "Ötzi, the Iceman" who was found with all his belongings on the glacier in 1991. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

How can you devote an entire museum to a 5,000 year old body, I wondered? Well, there is more to the museum than just Otzi, but the amount of information science has wrung from poor Otzi's mummified carcass is amazing. This was the highlight of the day we spent in Bolzano, very fascinating stuff. The story of how he ended... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited Bolzano on the Friday morning of our trip to Merano, just a 20 minute drive on the local motorway. We had no thought at all of visiting Oetsi or even thought of going to any museums when we were there. But already when driving into the outskirts of Bolzano we saw banners and posters advertising Oetsi the Iceman!... More

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LI, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Spent a nice afternoon here. We were thrilled to find out from our hotel that Otzi was in residence at the museum! Wonderful display, easy to follow, so interesting. Go there if you'e in Bolzano and visit Otzi. We visited in 2008.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I almost passed by, but am so glad I didn't. It's a smallish museum. I stayed only about an hour or so, but one could easily stay longer. It's a well done display and information is well presented. Fascinating!

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was one of the highlights of Bolzano! The museum was created around a 5000 year old "wet" mummy. Well worth the visit as it includes a well thought out, beautifully executed museum including all the details surrounding the findings. It is well suited for kids and makes for a marvelous family visit. Even as adults, we found ourselves fascinated... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A detailed story about Oetzi and how he got there. So much detail. Despite needing to queue, it wasn't too busy that one couldn't appreciate it. I understand it's worth coming after 3, as the lines are shorter since there are no pre-booked groups who slip in ahead!

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We loved our visit here. Fascinating and incredibly well done on the museum's part. Information was printed in English, which was super helpful. It was clear and simple and told a great story of the Iceman and the ongoing process of understanding him. The things he carried were probably the most interesting part: so much of it devoted to fire.... More

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you're travelling in Italy, you should definitely include this in your agenda - towards the end of your tour when you are growing a little weary of all the fabulous architecture and ruins and artifacts that Italy has to offer. This museum (and indeed the town of Bolzano) is very different from most of what you'll see on a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Less is sometimes more. This museum in a wonderful town is a must see. Don't rush and read all the information posted so clearly to explain the whole story of this amazing find. Visited as part of a 13 night Cosmos tour of the alpine regions of Switz, Germany, Austria and Italy. Great itinerary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a museum dedicated to Otzi the iceman. You can read the story and detail on Vikipedia, but the museum is so interesting for all ages and interest fields, I am happy we made the effort and went especially to see it. It took us about 2 hours driving the toll autostrada from Peschiera (south lake Garda) to Bolzano,... More

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