Merano Municipal Museum has already been opened in 1900, it is one of the oldest museums of the province. In that period Franz Innerhofer (1847 - 1918), a physician of Merano, collected Gothic figurines and Baroque paintings of Tyrolean masters with passion. In this way he laid the foundations for the museum. First housed in the building of the English Ladies along the Winter Promenade, the Merano Municipal Museum was transferred several times. It was moved to the tavern Roter Adler in Via delle Corse road and in a final step to the newly renovated Palais Mamming behind the St Nicholas parish church in Merano. Therefor the Merano Municipal Museum is now also known as Palais Mamming Museum.
The permanent collection offers 27 sections and provides an overview of the historical development of the town, from prehistory up to modern art. What you can admire in the museum are the above mentioned Gothic and Baroque figurines and the Baroque paintings of Tyrolean masters, also known beyond borders. Moreover there are exhibits regarding the topics mineralogy and folk art, inculding various traditional costumes, and artworks by painters of Merano of the 19th and 20th century.
Also some exotic exhibits can be admired, including an Egyptian mummy, a death mask of Napoleon as well as a Sudanese weapons collection from the Austrian Major-General Rudolf Anton Carl, Baron of Slatin. One oft he most famous exhibits is also the 4th typewriter model by Peter Mitterhofer, the founder of typewriters, born in the village of Parcines, only a stone’s throw away.References:
Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.
Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.
Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.