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South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

39100 Bolzano, Italy
+39 0471 320100
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Ranked #2 of 30 Attractions in Bolzano
Type: Museums
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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 the world famous chalcolithic ice mummy called "Ötzi, the Iceman" who was found with all his belongings on the glacier in 1991.
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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We researched the story of how they found the iceman and how he ended up in Bolzano instead of Austria- how they keep him safe from thawing out in a power shortage and and we were not disappointed when we actually looked at him. Awesome! A must see. Go prepared.

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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This was a very worthwhile visit. The museum centers around the Iceman, a "wet mummy," that is 5,000 years old. He along with clothes, weapons, etc. have been studied and analyzed and offered much information about that period of time in the South Tyrol area. The is a very interesting and often interactive exhibit. Worth the visit for all ages.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Value to include this visit with the Bolzano card. Awesome experience to see the actual mummified body close up. Well designed display, so much detail.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Had not heard about the 'Ice Man" before but on a Riviera trip that included a trip to Bolzano the museum made a change from shops and churches. It was brilliant! So well done and informative and everything in English. We were so glad we went there. So worth it.

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Augusta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Great museum of the Iceman found buried in ice for 5,000 years. So many things to see including his skeleton. Lots of his clothes and hunting items were found. He was brought to this museum and is kept at a constant temperature and moisture level. Great afternoon!

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Dade City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Fascinating exhibit of the Ice Man discovered in Sept 1991. The museum exhibits are very well laid out.

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Thornbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Do not miss this! The discovery of the iceman caused archaeologists to rethink the time of the onset of the copper age. His clothing and weapons are far more sophisticated than I imagined. How he died is a mystery and you are invited to draw your own conclusion.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I thought this museum was fantastic, but I'm a sucker for really old stuff. Sure seeing the freeze dried body was cool, but more amazing were the items they found on him and the science that was used to understand what they had found. The exhibit is evolving as they continue to learn more with information on the second floor... More

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This museum was recommended by our tour guide and we found it to be excellent value for the entry cost. Be sure to take the Audio Guide as we found it very helpful in working our way through the exhibits. The story of the Iceman is an amazing one and we are very glad to have experienced it. We arrived... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This museum was well worth the thirty minute wait in line at 11:00am on a Wednesday morning. There are four floors of this moderate sized building that take you from the discover of this early man (5400 years old) by two hikers through a detailed description of the excavation of the discovery site, what was learned through scientific analysis, and... More

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