South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, Bolzano

Meet Ötzi, the world's oldest natural human mummy from 3300 BCE, at South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. This archaeological museum also houses his gear, including the world's oldest complete Copper Age axe, a fire lighting kit, quiver loaded with 12 arrows, flint knife with sheath, and some clothing. Study models, reconstructions, and multimedia presentations to learn more about the early history of the southern alpine region. Entertain children with the museum's interactive activities. The top floor features a changing exhibit about some aspect of South Tyrolean archaeology. To take a one-hour guided tour, book in advance. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Bolzano holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Found preserved in a glacier by accident, this extraordinarily well preserved mummified body is the whole focus of this museum and the body and the huge number of artifacts found on and with him are m...  more »
  • Ötzi is an amazing discovery and lesson to take part of. The exhibition was very detailed and it was very big to be able to see the mummy for real. With the Bolzano card the entrance was free. Recommended!
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  • This was a great museum. The entrance fee is €9 which, based on the cost to maintain the exhibit, is pretty fair. Audio tours are offered in a few languages for €4. You can't bring any large bags into the museum so they offer lockers. The cost is €1 for the small lockers and €2 for the large lockers. The coin gets returned at the end so you're essentially just borrowing the key. The museum is three floors, the first floor houses the actual remains and finds of the ice man. No photography or video recording is allowed on this floor. There are excellent descriptions written in English, German, and Italian on all of the artifacts with video and audio taking you through the discovery. Ötzi is in a climate controlled limited light chamber. You can look in but obviously not touch. Fascinating display. The second floor is more informational with speculations and a created narrative as to who the ice man was. The third floor is a limited time exhibit with various lost and found artifacts from around the world.
  • Fantastic museum. A must see while in Bolzano. Certainly they could provide all the information about the corpse in one room, but I think if they did, visitors would not have an opportunity to read all the details and see the artifacts at their own pace.
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