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Messner Mountain Museum Dolomites

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traveler20125 wrote a review Mar 2020
Arcata, California18 contributions27 helpful votes
On our first visit we were actually at the MMM with Reinhold Messner and he autographed his book for us! The second visit we found that the exhibits had changed but were still interesting.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Jeff & Rachael wrote a review Jul 2018
Bahceli, Cyprus136 contributions40 helpful votes
My wife and I are cycling through the Dolomites and while staying at Passo Cibiana took the opportunity to visit the museum on top of Monte Rite. The museum was established by Reinhold Messner to celebrate the Dolomites, the region of his birth. As one of the world's pre-eminent climbers (who incidentally is still alive), Messner has taken the opportunity to convert a derelict fortress from the first world war in to a wonderful art exhibit that showcases the opening up of the Dolomites to the outside world through the 19th and 20th centuries. The art exhibits are also sprinkled with examples of climbing memorabilia from the different decades. There is also an interesting video of Messner climbing solo in the Dolomites in the late '60s. For those of us who were there, the video captures the mood of the late '60s and is reflective of the climbing ethos of that period. The fortress and the location on top of Monte Rite provides spectacular views across the surrounding Dolomites that changes hourly with the mood of the weather. Messner's museum has converted what otherwise might be a monument to the absolute stupidity of war, in to a platform from which to view the magnificence of this stunning region. Incidentally, the walk up through forest from the pass is well worth the effort and you can take the shuttle back down the hill if you are too tired to return on foot. A wonderful day's outing.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Rainer Z wrote a review Jul 2016
3 contributions5 helpful votes
The MMM is located near the summit of Mt. Rite, best access is from Forcella Cibiana: 1) hiking up the gravel road, 2) follow a small marked path which cuts down the distance to cover considerably, 3) take one of the small shuttle busses which operate at a 30 min. schedule between 9 am and 6 pm (summer 2016). The best thing to do is to hike up the small path through the mountain forest with scenic views to the south. The difference in altitude to be covered is 630 m, the distance is approx. 6 km. A small mountain inn is located near the museum. The museum is located in an ancient military fort from the Great War. The glas domes on the roof are the distinctive architectural feature of the museum. Tickets are cheap at 6 Euro for adults. The museum leads from the early days of mountaineering in the Dolomites (18th Century, Theodore de Sassure) to modern times (Walter Bonatti, died 2011). The beautiful exhibits (paintings, sketches, pieces of equipment, photographs) illustrate each period. The only and biggest shortcoming of the museum are its didactics. Very little information is provided on key mountaineers (e.g. Dibona, Preuss, Grohmann). What was special and new about their achievements ? While locations are indicted for all large-scale photographs and most sketches, visitors who are not intimately familiar with the geography of the Dolomites must feel lost. As somebody who has visited and read about the Dolomites and the history of mountaineering for 30 years you can put the sparse pieces of information together. Anybody else must miss most of the value the museum has to offer. In summary, the MMM is definitely worth a visit. The panoramic view from the top of Mt. Rite is truly impressive. However, the didactic setup of the museum does need an in-depth relaunch guided by a professional historian or a specialist in exhibitions.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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DesSpv wrote a review Aug 2014
Arzier, Switzerland22 contributions16 helpful votes
What is really great is the path that you follow ( about 5km) to reach the museum. Not the road that the small bus uses to reach the museum but the real path. Well preserved and walked even by a 6 year old, wonderful views and most of the time in the shadow of pine trees. The restaurant next to the museum at the refuge is so convenient as you can get something to eat (after 2 hours walk) and enjoy the views. The museum was nothing special except for some nice films accompanied with classical music, showing different views of the Dolomites mountains . Quite interesting and worth watching.
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Date of experience: August 2014
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BethThomas wrote a review May 2014
Shawbury11 contributions11 helpful votes
Even in the middle of summer you will need a coat when you get to the top of this amazing range of mountains. The drive up was a bit hazardous but it is very much worth it when to get to the main attraction area. There is also a great little place to get a bit of food ... I recommend the strudel!
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Date of experience: July 2013
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