The Civic Museum
The Palais Mamming, a recently restored baroque palace near the town's parish church, houses the Meran Civic Museum collection. The various exhibits illustrate the town's historical development and growth. The museum tour begins in the pre-historic era and touches all aspects of life to finish with a section dedicated to modern art. The unique collection also features a number of surprisingly exotic exhibits including an Egyptian mummy, a collection of weapons from Sudan which once belonged to the adventurer Slatin Pascha, a typewriter made by local inventor Peter Mitterhofer and a death mask of Napoleon.
Evelyn Ortner's Women's Museum
Everything in this museum is connected to women. The exhibits show how the role of women has changed over the centuries and also points out how much there is still to be done. The museum occupies the top floors of what was once a convent for Clarissa nuns in the Kornplatzin the centre of Meran.
This 500 sq.mt. art gallery is open all-year-round. It extends over three floors and houses different temporary collections of art, architectural works, literature, music, photography and modern media.
Touriseum Trauttmansdorff Castle
Trauttmansdorrf Castle, which overlooks Meran, was one of Austrian Empress Elisabeth's favourite holiday residences. It is now the home of a very interesting and original attraction, South Tyrol's Regional Museum of Tourism, the so-called Touriseum. It is, in fact, the first of all the Alpine area's museums to concentrate on the development of tourism.
Rametz Castle's Wine Museum
The four sections of this museum dedicated to wine production host a collection of old tools and other equipment. The long-forgotten exhibits, collected over the years, include tools for turning the soil under the vines and others used at harvest time or for carrying the grapes to the presses as well as methods for combatting harmful parasites. There are also agricultural tools and machines used by corn farmers in the nearby Vinschgau valley which has a long tradition of cereal production and which gave its name to the very popular, tasty local “Vinschgerle” bread.
Railway World, Rabland
The Railway World in Rabland, a village not far from Meran, boasts Italy's largest digital collection of model railways. The exhibition also includes an extensive collection of over 20,000 model railway exhibits which make it the largest private collection in Europe.
Museum Passeier Andreas Hofer
Cattle trader, rebel leader, hero. This permanent exhibition is dedicated to local freedom fighter and hero, Andreas Hofer who led his loyal Tirol men against Napoleon and the French invaders in 1809. There is reference to Hofer's despair regarding God and the Emperor and to the fact that, only after his death, was he recognised as a true hero.
Heros and Hofer deals with Andreas Hofer and much more. It explains what makes a hero and how society uses, and also misuses, such heroic figures.
Reinhold Messner's Mountain Museums
Six locations – six exhibitions – six adventures
Six very original locations set amidst the impressive mountains of South Tyrol and Belluno house this particular museum project dedicated to mountains and their culture. Messner's Mountain Museum has to do with mountains, the people who live in them and even ourselves. Every museum visit is like a mountain tour, especially in good weather, and a MMM-Rundreise tour (with a special MMM Tour Ticket) is a truly unique experience!
The South Tyrol Museum of Culture and Regional History – Tirol Castle
Tirol was governed fromTirol castle for a very long time durimg the Middle Ages. Today, the castle houses the South Tyrol Museum of Culture and Regional History. Visitors who wish to take a look at the castle and the museum collection walk to the castle from Dorf Tirol along a very picturesque path which meanders across the hillside to the castle gates.
South Tyrol's Museum of Archaeology - (“Otzi's Museum”) Bozen
South Tyrol's Museum of Archaeology is one of the Autonomous Province of Bozen's many various museums. Housed in what was once a bank built in 1912, it stands just outside Bozen's central pedestrian zone. In 1998, it hosted the Archaeology Exhibition of the Southern Alps and, since 2013, three quarters of the building have housed the exhibition entitled “the Man from the Ice” .Guests can see the Ice Man's mummified body and the clothing and tools found nearby. The exhibition also refers to the Copper Age as well as research work, scientific testing and experiments and various cultural facts regarding the Man from the Ice. Special temporary exhibitions on the top floor give further insight into archaeology in South Tyrol.
The Museum of Nature – Bozen
The South Tyrol Museum of Nature is located in the once Maximilian-style Administrative Centre building in the north-east corner of the old town. It is the only museum of its kind in the province and is the centre for documents and collections which refer to this topic in South Tyrol.
One of its permanent exhibitions shows a biological-cultural-historical excursion through one of the most contrasting regions of Europe and illustrates the origin, formation and phenonenum of the very particular South Tyrol mountain and valley scenery with reference to the way of life here.
The most important aspects of the museum's own research and collections deal with geology, botany and zoology.
The Museion Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bozen
The Bozen Museion Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is found right in the very heart of South Tyrol, with splendid views of the Dolomites and the Rosengarten, the so-called “Rose Garden”.
The Bozen Civic Museum
The Bozen Civic Museum is located in the middle of the city centre. It houses a collection of art and cultural exhibits from Bozen and the whole province.