South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology,Bolzano

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/Südtiroler Archäologiemuseum/ Museo archeologico dell’Alto Adige, is a specialist archaeological museum in the city of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, northern Italy. It is the home of the preserved body of Ötzi the Iceman. The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy, was opened on the 28th of March, 1998. In its 1,200 square meters of exhibition rooms, it documents on three floors the chalcolithic mummy “Tyrolean Iceman” (nicknamed “Oetzi”) and the artifacts found with him.

Twenty have years passed since a married couple hiking on a glacier up in the Ötztal Alps discovered one of the most important mummies ever found. People, media and science from all over the world followed the recovery of Ötzi, the man from the ice, who had been preserved there for 5,300 years along with his clothing and equipment. Since its opening on 28 March 1998, over 3 million people have visited the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bozen to get a close-up of the Copper Age mummy and the associated finds. The year 2011 saw the 20th anniversary of this unique find. For this reason, the exhibition was extended to 3 floors, telling about Ötzi’s discovery, the circumstances of his life, the results of the research and the media reality, as well as the fictions, questions and curiosities surrounding the mummy.

Opening hours of the museum
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Last entry: 5.30 pm
Closed on Mondays (except on holidays)
In July, August and December open daily also on Monday

Useful information:
A visit to the museum takes about 1-2 hours.
The interior of the museum is easily accessible to disabled people.

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