Südtiroler Volkskundemuseum / Museo degli usi e costumi

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Südtiroler Volkskundemuseum / Museo degli usi e costumi

Südtiroler Volkskundemuseum / Museo degli usi e costumi
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Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
South Tyrolean open-air museum. The outdoor area with the old farmhouses and workshops reflects the everyday life of the peasant population. The Mair am Hof residence shows the stately rooms of the landed gentry and the ethnographic collections.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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LM73
Bergamo, Italy29 contributions
Fantastic
Jul 2019 • Solo
I'd expected to spend an hour or two here, but ended up staying half a day. The Mair am Hof house contained a great collection of instruments, pipes, beautiful wooden furniture and lots of other interesting objects. It was nice to be able to just wander around all the buildings, taking photos, admiring the view from the barns and balconies. It's true that the videos and descriptions are in Italian or German, (so I guess it's more interesting being able to understand one of those languages) but at the entrance I was also given a map with a description of each building in English, and much of what's on display needs little explanation anyway.

There were several games for children (and adults) to play around the museum, and there were toilets at several points. I really appreciated the benches and drinking water available. It meant I could take my time and relax, enjoying the clean mountain air! A good pair of shoes/trainers is probably a must and I imagine some paths could be slippery when wet. Very reasonable entrance fee made even more reasonable with a discount for having the Holidaypass ticket. I'd definitely recommend a visit here. I loved it and took loads of photos!
Written July 17, 2019
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HappyMunching
Baltimore, MD251 contributions
An incredible collection! Lots to learn!
Jun 2018 • Couples
We spent more than half the day enjoying the many buildings at this "open air museum" featuring structures moved here from across the region. If you've wondered what it's like inside those big old log "houses", you'll find out here - animals downstairs, humans upstairs! I noticed one reviewer remarked on the lack of information, but I did not find that to be the case at all - each building bore a plaque at the door that described the date of the building and where it came from, often with a floor plan and further description (I've uploaded some pictures). While this was in German and Italian, I would imagine that you could ask for an English-language guide at the desk. In addition to the vast collection of buildings, the largest building (which is original to the site) has all the accoutrements of daily life on display, from the decorations that are lavished on the dear cows in late summer to traditional clothing, cookware, machinery, etc - it's really an amazing place. You could easily spend the entire day - or more, if this is your special interest.
Written August 11, 2018
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Dan S
Haddington, UK8 contributions
Very nice ,Lots too do!
Aug 2018 • Family
Very good! All of us enjoyed, Lots to do. Very reasonable price for a family as well. Lots of nice places for a relaxing sit down and/or a picnic.
Written August 1, 2018
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Christopher G
Fetsund, Akershus, Norway17 contributions
A lot of things to see, but lacks information.
Jul 2018 • Family
The museum has a lot of interesting artifacts and items to see. What it is lacking is information about what you are looking at, what time period it is from, etc. It would have improved greatly if each house and/or item (like the big red firetruck-no-wait-this-is-a-thresher) had a plaque stating what it was and when and for what it was used.
Written July 25, 2018
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ww1guide
Grimsby, UK383 contributions
A Great Visit
Jul 2017 • Friends
You can walk around the old Tyrolean houses that were predominant over a hundred years ago plus. See how they lived and the hardships they endured. Many different houses to look round. Their are conveniences and a lovely little restaurant that was a bit slow to serve, but I don't think they were expecting so many visitors. The big house is well worth a walk around in particular the very ornate chapel.
Written July 27, 2017
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Zeilou
Helsinki, Finland11 contributions
A Museum? Almost a Living Village!
Jul 2016 • Solo
They may call the place by a name that says ’Specialists only, please!” but don’t be put off. This really is a fun place to spend a couple of hours or even a day. The large open air museum invites you to see how the life in the Alpine South Tyrolean countryside once was, but they have more to offer than most of the places of this kind. Of course there are all the buildings and structures you expect from a farming community – from the noble manor house to the grain storage. The oldest of them are from the 15th century which is quite incredible for humble wooden buildings. But it does not stop there: add cows and goats of the old primitive breed, bee keeping, history of the village doctor and midwife, musical instruments , a working water pump, a chapel, a herb garden etc. and you get an idea of what to expect. For the specialist there naturally is a large collection of farming tools and equipment. For the rest of us, it is relaxing to wander around in the sun thinking about how simple the life once was. You can end your visit in the museum inn but Dietenheim (Teodone) also has other options available.
The museum is uphill from Bruneck (Brunico) but it can be reached easily by the city bus.
There is a program of activities there so the official website is worth checking.
Written July 30, 2016
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mberlin2015
Berlin, Germany230 contributions
It´s much more interesting than it's name !
Apr 2016 • Business
A nice little trip down the history of Tyrol - they have a functioning mill and some animals - Your kids will love it
Written April 15, 2016
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Larry D
Devon, PA40 contributions
Insight into the region in a way no indoor displays can accomplish.
May 2015 • Couples
It illustrates, through actual artifacts and working items such as a cascade of water mills, how farming and milling were accomplished before the area had electricity and other modern conveniences.
Written June 1, 2015
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Davidetibs
Belluno27 contributions
Relaxing trip
Aug 2014
We' be been in this beautiful museum in a rainy mid august day; even if the weather wasn't so good we really enjoyed the museum where you can see and live the atmosphere of many years ago in the rural landscape near Bolzano. Very good the tour also for classes of children.
Written August 23, 2014
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calumthemighty
durham, NC USA391 contributions
Amazing Slice of History
Aug 2013 • Family
As with everything else in this part of Italy, this museum has a German name (Sudtiroler Landsmuseum fur Volkskunde) and an Italian name (Museo provinciale degli usi e costumi). The official English title, according to their handbook, is The South Tyrol Museum of Folk Traditions. It is very similar to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan (USA). The main farmhouse and barn contain extensive collections of tools and other artifacts of daily life from the region's past. The surrounding land has been populated with an impressive collection of rural buildings which have been carefully dismantled and removed from their original locations and preserved here.

We stopped here while driving between two hotels. Our youngest daughter was asleep in the car, so I parked in the shade and sent the rest of the family inside. I figured it would take an hour or two, tops. How wrong I was! Not only is this museum amazing, but it is also immense.

My grandfather, a forester and wood-products engineer, would have LOVED this place. The huge barn is full of farming gear, mostly made of wood, befitting a heavily forested alpine region. The centerpiece is the "drendl", a massive threshing machine made almost exclusively of wood, even the chain and cogs are wooden. You can drop a coin in a slot and make it rotate, which both children loved. (There was also a Tyrol-style wooden bowling alley outside, near the restaurant, which was more great fun for the little ones.)

Photography is not allowed in the main house and barn (the main ethnographic/artefact collections), but is allowed outdoors and among the rural outbuildings. This makes for some very atmospheric pictures.

One of my pet peeves is museums which forbid photography, and also lack a gift shop in which to buy books or postcards of the items you are not allowed to photograph. The South Tyrol Museum of Folk Traditions gets TWO big thumbs up for not only allowing photography in much of the site, but also having a super gift shop. Yes, they had books and postcards galore (lots of books in German and Italian, some in English as well), but also traditional candies, preserves, and folk crafts. A great place to purchase souvenirs, and gifts for those left behind at home.
Written July 30, 2014
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