Museums and Monuments

Which museums and monuments in Bolzano are the most interesting to visit? We have selected our favourites just for you.

South Tyrol’s centuries-old history can be explored through Bolzano’s museums and monuments. They are indeed many and all of them very interesting. To help you choose, we have selected the ones we prefer and that we recommend you visit. We are sure that they will help you to better understand our region and its unique features. Many of them can be visited for free with the Bolzano Card.

Bolzano Archaeological Museum

Free Admission with the Bolzano Card

Absolutely not to be missed. For many years it has been the home of Ötzi, the ancient mummy discovered in the 1990s in the Similaun glacier on the Austrian border. Perfectly preserved, Ötzi can be seen in his special room on the third floor of the museum. The wonders of the museum don’t end there, however. The museum also hosts a number of prehistoric artefacts gathered from all over the province. A perfect way to discover the oldest part of this region.

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Bolzano Civic Museum

Free Admission with the Bolzano Card

The history collections are housed here, and we highly recommend them to those who want to learn more about the city’s history. The museum’s rooms are home to archaeological, artistic and cultural artefacts from Bolzano and the entire province. Highlights of this museum include the collection of local costumes and the sculpture of Jesus riding a donkey.

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Museion

Free Admission with the Bolzano Card

Museion is Bolzano’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Founded in 1985, it quickly became an important part of the local cultural scene. With a collection of over 4000 works and temporary exhibitions organised throughout the year, Museion is a point of reference for all lovers of contemporary art.

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Victory Monument

The Victory Monument is a shrine built during the Fascist regime. It is the most tangible sign of the deep and painful divisions that swept through our land during the 20th century. To aid understanding of this troubled period, an exhibition was opened at the beginning of the 1910s exploring local history in the period between the two world wars and during the post-war period. This museum has won an important international award.

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Cloister and Church of the Dominicans

Located on the Piazza Domenicani, from which it takes its name, this complex was built in the 13th century and is a perfect example of the vibrancy of Gothic art in Bolzano. Inside are some splendid and impressive frescos. Art lovers will certainly find a visit worthwhile.

Castel Roncolo (Runkelstein Castle)

Free Admission with the Bolzano Card

Built in 1237 on a rocky outcrop at the entrance to the Sarentino Valley, this ancient castle is affectionately known as ‘the illustrated castle’ because of its splendid frescoes. These include ‘Tristan and Isolde’, the largest and best-preserved medieval fresco cycle on a secular theme in South Tyrol.

Bolzano Mercantile Museum

Free Admission with the Bolzano Card

Housed in the Mercantile Palace, formerly the seat of the mercantile magistrate and the chamber of commerce, the Bolzano Mercantile Museum is dedicated to the economic history of the city. A chronological itinerary through the rooms takes the visitor through an exhibition of paintings and furniture from the Baroque period, testifying to the liveliness and commercial importance of the city during this extraordinarily flourishing period.

Messner Mountain Museum, Firmian

Free Admission with the Bolzano Card

Located within the imposing walls of Castel Firmiano, this museum is the heart of the museum circuit created by the famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner. The tour inside the castle, which winds its way through its towers, rooms and courtyards, is dedicated to the ancient and intense relationship between man and the mountains. A fascinating theme explored through artwork, paintings, relics and natural finds that illustrate the subject from as many perspectives as possible.

The South Tyrol Museum of Natural Sciences

Free Admission with the Bolzano Card

Situated in a period building in the city centre, the South Tyrol Museum of Natural Sciences is very popular, especially with families. There is a permanent collection dedicated to the unique natural features of South Tyrol. Visitors can discover the flora and fauna as well as the geology and topography of this unique area. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also hosts exciting temporary exhibitions.

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