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South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is located in the historical center of the city of Bolzano.

A large part of the previous special exhibition has become (with some new adaptations and offers) transformed into the permanent exhibition "The Iceman".

An additional area is dedicated to annually changing special exhibitions on different archaeological topics in order to accentuate the archaeology of South Tyrol.

The aim of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology will be, furthermore, in the space available, to develop the potential of the "Ötzi" (3,300 B.C.) theme and of archaeology in general with appropriate qualitative offers.

The Museum's new direction is also reflected in its new image: the umbrella logo with the reconstruction of Ötzi in an ice block will now include both the famous glacier mummy as well as the other local archaeological finds. The information media and the tour guide system in the Museum have also been redesigned and made clearer for visitors.


Visiting Ötzi in the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum in Bolzano. Over 5,000 years ago, a man climbed up to the Val Senales Valley glacier and died there.

"Ötzi", dubbed "The Iceman", was found mummified in 1991, together with his clothes, belongings and weapons: an archaeological sensation and a unique snapshot of life in the Bronze Age.

The mummy and the articles found with it have been on show in the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum since March 1998. Models, reconstructions, 3-D pictures, videos and interactive multimedia stations allow the visitor to gain insight into life in the prehistoric times Ötzi's world.

Heavy Metal


Special exhibition at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology from 2nd February 2016 to 14th January 2018

How copper changed the world

The special exhibition in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology traces the history of copper. What were the consequences of its discovery for Stone Age man? And why is the shiny red metal found in smartphones, coins and electrical cables today?

The most famous individual from the Copper Age is Ötzi, the glacier mummy from the Schnalstal Valley. He has been on display in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology since 1998. He carried a valuable copper axe, which marks him out as a person of high standing.

The exhibition leads from the beginning of copper processing in the Middle East to our ancestor's life in the Alps during Otzi's time, approx. 5,000 years ago.


South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Via Museo 43
I-39100 Bolzano

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