Südtiroler Landesmuseum für Volkskunde

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Where history lives again

The Folklore Museum in Dietenheim near Bruneck lies in the heart of the Pustertal valley. It shows the environment of the everyday life of rural population of the past – from the landed gentry and the self-sustaining peasantry to the day labourers. The centrepiece is the baroque Mair am Hof residence with its stately rooms and ethnological collections. The appendant farm building houses numerous agricultural implements and vehicles.
The open-air site containing old, original farmhouses, craft workshops, farm gardens and domestic animals invites visitors to stay and recounts the everyday life of earlier times.

the alpine biodiversity

Alpine species diversity


Locally adapted breeds of livestock

The Black Alpine pig, the Blobe goat, the Ciuta sheep, the Buischele dwarf cattle, the Tyrolean chicken – all these animals graze on the pastures of the Folklore Museum.  The project intents to increase the appreciation, popularity and distribution of the autochthonous animals.

In cooperation with the initiatives “Pro Patrimonio Montano”, “Sortengarten Südtirol” and “Südtiroler Fleckviehzuchtverband”.



summer programme

Summer programme


from 19th July to 31 August

Old-time children's games
for children over 6 years
every Wednesday

Old handicrafts
every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Bread baking
every Thursday in August

Scythe Mowing
Sunday, 21st August

More information about the summer programme

The historical photo collections

Historical photo collections

The museum holds two historic photo collections.

Hugo Atzwanger (1883-1960) was a painter, draftsman and photographer. From 1939 until 1943 he photographed numerous South Tyrolean farmhouses and settlements on behalf of the "SS Ahnenerbe" Cultural Commission.

Erika Groth-Schmachtenberger (1906-1992) earned an international reputation. In the 1950s and 1960s she visited South Tyrol several times.