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.
During the winter months, the Folklore Museum is closed. The museum opens on Easter Monday, the 6th of April 2015.
The photo collections
The Folklore 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" Culture Commission.
The German photographer Erika Groth - Schmachtenberger (1906 - 1992) earned an international reputation. In the 1950s and 1960s she visited South Tyrol several times.
A unique experience for the whole family:
Three hectares of the green area invite to see translocated original farm houses, craft workshops, cottage gardens and domenstic animals.