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.


Current research projects

  • Qualitative inventory of the headgear collection of the Folklore Museum

    In 2020 the headgear collection was revised. The aim was to obtain a better overview of the collection through a qualitative and quantitative inventory and to update and supplement the information available on the individual objects.

    In total there are over 190 hats of all kinds in the collection. Traditional hats and straw hats make up a large part of this, but special items such as baptismal caps or cylinders with the original leather cases are also part of the inventory.

    Hat by hat was examined and a written and photographic documentation of each object was created. Furthermore, the dimensions, the materials and the state of preservation were recorded.

    The hats were then packed in acid-free archival boxes for adequate and proper storage.

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