South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Bolzano, Italy

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology was specifically established in 1998 to house 'Ötzi', a well-preserved natural mummy of a man from about 3300 BC. This is the world's oldest natural human mummy. It has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) European culture. The world's oldest complete copper age axe was found among his extensive equipment which also comprised a rather complex fire lighting kit and a quiver loaded with twelve arrows, only two of which were finished, clothing and a flint knife complete with its sheath.

The body is held in a climate controlled chamber within the museum at a temperature of -6 Celsius and 98% humidity, replicating glacier conditions in which it was found. Along with original finds there are models, reconstructions and multimedia presentations showing Ötzi in the context of the early history of the southern Alpine region.

Converted from a 19th-century bank building, the museum covers the history and archaeology of the southern Alpine region from the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic (15,000 B.C.) up to 800 A.D. In 2006, the museum hosted an exhibition on the mummies of the Chachapoyas culture.

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Via Museo 43, Bolzano, Italy
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Founded: 1998
Category: Museums in Italy

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Bruce Felix (5 months ago)
Very cool museum if you're interested in Otzi. That's about all this museum is about though. It covers the story of his finding, unearthing and his history.
Wes L (8 months ago)
This is a must see. The amount of info derived from the study of Otzi is amazing. What a find! It changed history as we know it.
Oliver Majumdar (9 months ago)
Great museum to explore everything around ötzi. Well done.
Tobias Schirmer (10 months ago)
Very interesting and worth a visit. "Coolest" citizen of Bozen :D
Tobias Schirmer (10 months ago)
Very interesting and worth a visit. "Coolest" citizen of Bozen :D
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