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.

Season opening

Season opening with Easter quiz


It’s quiz time on Easter Monday, 2nd April 2018. Those who can answer the six questions about Easter customs correctly, will rececive a coloured Easter egg and take part in a prize draw of books. The quiz is available in German or Italian.

Besides that there are rabbits and hares which will make children’s eyes shine and there will be the children of the kindergarten of Dietenheim that sing nursery rhymes.

Folk music of the group “Soatnziecha” will be played until 5 pm.


The photo collections

The photo collections


The museum holds two historic photo collections.

Hugo Atzwanger (1883-1960) was a painter, draftsman and photographer. From 1939 until 1843 he photographed numerous South Tyrolean farmhouses and settlements on behalf of the "SS Ahnenerbe" Cultural Commission.

The German photographer Erika Groth-Schmachtenberger (1906-1992) earned an international reputation. In the 1960s and 1970s she visited Sout Tyrol several times.


Photo:  inv. nr. F2094, Hugo Atzwanger, 1942


Open air site

Open-air site

A unique experience for the whole family:

Three hectares of the green area invite to see translocated original farmhouses, craft workshops and cottage gardens.

Have fun playing at the games for children located in the area of the museum and at the historic bowling lane!

Photo: Hermann Maria Gasser