Along with collecting, keeping and displaying/communicating, researching is one of the traditional core tasks of a museum. Researching also includes documentation and scientific investigation.

Currently no research project is running.


Past research projects


Since its establishment in 1976, the Folklore Museum has been collecting ethnological objects with a Tyrolean connection in order to ensure a holistic presentation and fulfil its scientific mission of collecting, documenting, keeping and displaying.

When in 1982 the South Tyrolean Wine Museum was incorporate into the Folklore Museum, the Wine Museum’s inventory expanded the existing collection.

A further expansion was witnessed in 1991 with the establishment of the second branch, the Museum of Hunting and Fishing at Wolfsthurn Castle.

Since its establishment in 1976, the museum has collected over 65,000 items, some of which can be seen online: the online catalogue is constantly being expanded.

The museum possesses two photo collections, which can be seen online:

the Hugo Atzwanger collection,
the Erika Groth Schmachtenberger collection.


Inventory groups and emphasis

The collection

... contains objects from popular traditions and everyday culture, ergological objects, items related to occasions and customs;

... covers the era of preindustrial society from the 17th century up to the present day, with an emphasis on the period between 1850 and 1950;

... reflects interests and developments in ethnology and fulfils the tasks of an ethnological and open-air museum with objects from rural life and inventory groups such as popular religious practices, popular medicine, popular art, clothes and textiles, handicrafts and implements, furniture and furnishings, historical photographs, items from the archives, winegrowing, hunting and fishing, and musical instruments.



The museum’s reference library contains publications on ethnological, cultural-historical and museum-educational topics, mostly in German. For more information please call  (+39) 0474 552 087 or email


Preview of the program 

As a precautionary measure to help contain the further spread of coronavirus, all events in the current year have been cancelled

Until further notice the mediation offer is limited to short guided tours outdoors for small groups (max. 10 people) in compliance with the safety and protective measures (e.g. wearing mouth-nose protection). Advance booking is required.

Thank you for your understanding.

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