Südtiroler Landesmuseum für Volkskunde

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Watering can Girl Open-air site Geranium

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.

winter closing

Winter break


During the winter months the Folklore Museum is closed.

The museum opens on Easter Monday, the 28th March 2016. 

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 1943 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 1950s and 1960s she visited South Tyrol several times.


Fams without men. special exhibition 2015

Farms without men. Women's every day life in World War I

The special exhibition can be seen at Castel Wolfsthurn, from the 1st April 2016 until 15th November 2016.