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“Amazing Slice of History”

South Tyrolean Folklore Museum
Ranked #3 of 47 things to do in Brunico
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

As with everything else in this part of Italy, this museum has a German name (Sudtiroler Landsmuseum fur Volkskunde) and an Italian name (Museo provinciale degli usi e costumi). The official English title, according to their handbook, is The South Tyrol Museum of Folk Traditions. It is very similar to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan (USA). The main farmhouse and barn contain extensive collections of tools and other artifacts of daily life from the region's past. The surrounding land has been populated with an impressive collection of rural buildings which have been carefully dismantled and removed from their original locations and preserved here.

We stopped here while driving between two hotels. Our youngest daughter was asleep in the car, so I parked in the shade and sent the rest of the family inside. I figured it would take an hour or two, tops. How wrong I was! Not only is this museum amazing, but it is also immense.

My grandfather, a forester and wood-products engineer, would have LOVED this place. The huge barn is full of farming gear, mostly made of wood, befitting a heavily forested alpine region. The centerpiece is the "drendl", a massive threshing machine made almost exclusively of wood, even the chain and cogs are wooden. You can drop a coin in a slot and make it rotate, which both children loved. (There was also a Tyrol-style wooden bowling alley outside, near the restaurant, which was more great fun for the little ones.)

Photography is not allowed in the main house and barn (the main ethnographic/artefact collections), but is allowed outdoors and among the rural outbuildings. This makes for some very atmospheric pictures.

One of my pet peeves is museums which forbid photography, and also lack a gift shop in which to buy books or postcards of the items you are not allowed to photograph. The South Tyrol Museum of Folk Traditions gets TWO big thumbs up for not only allowing photography in much of the site, but also having a super gift shop. Yes, they had books and postcards galore (lots of books in German and Italian, some in English as well), but also traditional candies, preserves, and folk crafts. A great place to purchase souvenirs, and gifts for those left behind at home.

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Reviewed 28 August 2013 via mobile

From the old farm houses and mills of South Tyrol to the traditional music instruments, pharmacists, churches, cow bells and much, much more this indoor/outdoor museum has everything the south Tyrolean times gone by offered.
The museum (€6 adult entry ticket) has an extremely interesting and eclectic mix of south Tyrolean history all under one roof.
The museum starts of with about 30 outdoor buildings; from old farm houses, mill houses, animal pens, church etc with the odd rabbit, sheep and pig roaming around it gives you a sense of the farming community and how they lived from around the 17th century.
You then move into a huge two building museum that really houses everything and anything you could think of; old horse carts, musical instruments, a church, library, medicine, clothes, cheese house, doctors and cow bells. The two buildings really give you a historic sense of how the people of South Tyrol got by in the past. I found it just fascinating and unfortunately we only had one hour to spend.
I would highly recommend this museum which is about 10 minutes by car from Brunico. In July and August it closes at 18:00 and other months 17:00. Parking, toilets and cafe is all there. You need more than two hours. Enjoy.

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Reviewed 5 August 2012

It's a muslim that aim to show how people use to live in the country hundreds of years ago
You can visit and enter in around 20 houses and they are all perfectly restored and with the original forniture. It's a great place for kids and adults. There are also demonstration how you create hand made bottles from glass, how they bake inthe past or create tissues.
Them there's the main museum that is full of instruments jewelry and old veichles.
Definitely a place to visit.

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