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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This museum features only the mummy of Ötzi, discovered in the 1990s in a glacier. The museum is excellent! All displays are very instructive and clear. The most fascinating part is to learn about all accessories that were found with the mummy.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This museum along with the cablecar to Renon were among the top reasons we stopped in Bolzano. Apparently dozens and dozens other people had the same idea, at least about the museum. The queue was just crazy with people waiting outside the building and down the street. Our estimates are that the queue ran about 100 metres outside the building... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is one of the best small museums that we have visited for some time. It is dedicated to glacial archaeological discoveries mainly resulting from finding a 5000 year-old Bronze Age man (Otzi) in a glacier in the Ötztaler Alps. Everything is very well presented and easy to understand; fascinating! Was the highlight of our short visit to Bolzano and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The museum probably needs a rename to the Otzi museum. The museum is devoted to Otzi on every floor there is something to do with him, the time he lived in and on the top floor, what finding a corpse in a glacier has started (the trend in glacial archaeology). Our 5 year old loved looking at the clothes he... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

And when you step onto the platform to view Otzi in his hermetically sealed room, his corpse is a thing of wondrous beauty. In 5000 years’ time, I hope to look as good as Otzi. Maybe there is some sense in the self-indulgent loopiness of human cryogenics. I don’t know if this exhibition is the best I have ever experienced... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I had climbed in the Ötztaler Alps many years ago, before the discovery of Ötzi, near Similaun. I was always fascinated reading about this find and the subsequent negotiations between the Austrians and Italians. He now rests in Bolzano in this fine museum that is not only devoted to his story but also to the scientific and socio-political implications of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Fascinating museum focused around Ötzi.....4000 year old man found mummified in nearby alps. Go early at high season.....on rainy day, especially, there can be long queues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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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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