Understanding culture

Do you want to try to understand and appreciate the culture, history and nature of the Dolomites? The museums offer something of interest for everybody.

What is a museum for? “Museums provide opportunities for the appreciation, understanding and promotion of the natural and cultural heritage”, according to the International Council of Museums.

As the Dolomites have a cultural history dating back to over two thousand years, the great number of museums in this area have many different aims. There are hundreds of museums in the Dolomites area. And, of this you can be sure, there is something for every taste.

The Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, just to mention one of the museums in South Tyrol, exhibits the most famous mummy in the world: the Iceman who is well over 5,000 years old.

Belluno boasts a Town Museum which was founded in 1873 and exhibits archeological pieces, but also pictures and sculptures.

The province of Trentino teems with museums of every kind: for those interested in history and ancient castles the“ Castello del Buonconsiglio” is the place to go. If you’re more into modern buildings and contemporary art then don’t miss the "Mart", the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Reinhold Messner, the famous extreme mountaineer from South Tyrol, has chosen a very unusual place for one of his Mountain Museums which is set on the peak of the Monte Rite. Another Messner Mountain Museum can be found near Bolzano in the Castle of Firmiano.