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Alpine Club Museum

Mountains affect people. They fascinate and disturb, excite and surprise. Compared to the history of rock and ice, the desire we have to explore every corner of them is relatively young. The Alpine Club Museum collection showcases a diverse history of ups and downs. Mountaineering is revealed as a phenomenon of body, mind and heart.
With the rise of Alpinism, all kinds of people have become avid off-road explorers. Artists, scientists and philosophers busy themselves with the mountains. There they find motifs, carry out experiments and combine arduous conquests to far horizons. The longed-for peaks of pleasure clash with the pitfalls of the body and perils of nature. “Thinking with your feet” was Nietzsche’s approach. Feeling with your lungs is also part of the story. The exhibition illustrates the physical, mental and emotional aspects of hiking and mountaineering and other activities such as walking and rock climbing. Twelve rooms guide visitors through the products of human activity and emotions into the worlds of myth and measurement, adventure and meticulousness, fantasy and fanaticism. Most of the exhibits are from the Alpine Club Museum, while some are on loan from international collections and archives.
This is the first time that Innsbruck’s Hofburg Imperial Palace has opened its recently renovated rooms for an exhibition of this size and duration. As a result, visitors are offered a rare experience: a tour of the imperial apartments combined with this unique expedition into a cultural history above the tree line, which blows fresh mountain wind into living records and everyday objects, photographic, film and video materials, reference works and works of art.
Tel.: 0043 512 587186-12 | |

Archaeological Museum Innsbruck

The "Archaeological Museum Innsbruck - Collection of Casts and Originals from the University" was founded in 1869 making it the second oldest archaeological university collection in Austria.
With its combination of casts, replicas and originals, now totalling more than 900 objects, the collection is the largest collection of classical antiquities in western Austria and with this focus occupies a special position within the Tyrolean museum landscape. An almost complete overview of the development of Greek and Roman art is presented in the museum. From the Minoan-Mycenaean period, through the Archaic Period, Classical, Hellenism, Etruscan and Roman art to the Late Antique, objects of sculpture, architecture and minor arts are on display. 
While the focus at the first site in the main university (Innrain 52) is on antique Greek sculpture, through the partial reorganization of the new Centre for Ancient Cultures (Langer Weg 11), Roman finds are also displayed alongside objects from the prehistoric period, the Middle East and Roman period in Tyrol.

Tel.: 0043 512 507 37568 | |

The Tyrolean Panorama

In addition to a spectacular view across Innsbruck and the Inn Valley, the new Bergisel museum on the historic hill near Innsbruck puts Tyrol on a new stage with the Riesenrundgemälde (gigantic panoramic painting), the Tyrolean Kaiserjägermuseum (museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Infantry) and a permanent exhibition, which like a display window provides insights into the extraordinary facets of Tyrol. 
On historic Bergisel hill, the events of 1809 with their diverse historical and cultural contexts are realised in a way that opens up new perspectives for the visitor.
Open daily from 14th March 2011, from 9 am until 5 pm.
Ample coach parking available.
Tel.: 0043 512 594 89 |

Bell Museum/Bell Foundry

You really get a sense for this ancient craft on a visit to the Bell Museum, which offers a unique combination of bell foundry (already 400 years old), bell museum and sound room.    This interesting combination of exhibits was awarded the Austrian Museum Prize.

Tel.: 0043 512 5941 637 | |

Court Church

Emperor Maximilian I played a large part in the shaping of culture, politics and life in Tyrol and commissioned his unique imperial tomb in Innsbruck. Not until he was on his deathbed did the emperor express a desire to be buried at St. George’s Chapel in Wiener Neustadt. 
Thirty years after Maximilian’s death, 28 larger-than-life bronze statues were completed, designed by major artists such as Albrecht Dürer. Since the statues were not taken to Wiener Neustadt, and remained in Innsbruck, they were placed in the Court Church, or Hofkirche, built from 1553  to 1563. A grand and elegant and cenotaph (an empty grave) was built afterwards for the emperor. The Silver Chapel of the Court Church is also the resting place of Archduke Ferdinand II and his commoner wife Philippine Welser. Freedom fighter Andreas Hofer’s remains were brought from Mantua to Innsbruck in 1823 and buried in the church.
Tel.: 0043 512 59489-510 |

Kaiserjäger Museum

The museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Infantry, the Kaiserjäger, (1816-1918) depicts the history of this unit (uniforms, weapons, battles). The museum also recalls the Tyrolean struggles for freedom which took place at Bergisel. Extensive collections of paintings, flags and weapons from the time of Andreas Hofer, and from the history of the Tyrolean Imperial Regiments, especially in World War I, can be seen here. On the ground floor you will find the Memorial Chapel, built in the commemorative year of 1959, in which the Tyrolean honours book is kept – with the names of all fallen Tyroleans who died 1796-1945. The viewing platform behind the museum offers a wonderful view of the city with the Nordkette chain of mountains behind it.

Tel.: 0043 512 582312 | |

Hofburg Imperial Palace

At the end of the 15th century, when Emperor Maximilian I filled the palace with magnificent court life, the building already had the dimensions of today’s Hofburg Imperial Palace in Innsbruck. Empress Maria Theresa had the Hofburg rebuilt in two phases to create a monumental, late-Baroque residence. 

Among the many show rooms, with fine furniture and paintings, you will find the Riesensaal (Giants’ Hall), which is considered the most splendid feast and ceremony hall in the Alpine region. You will even get to feel the once stately life up close! 

Following extensive renovations, the entire Hofburg is again open to the public. The Giants’ Hall, the most prestigious ballroom in the Alps (with all portraits of Maria Theresa’s imperial family), the Guard Hall and the Lorraine Room gleam in renewed splendour. The same can be said of the court chapel and sacristy.

Tel.: 0043 512 58718612 | |

Art Chamber of the Servite Church

The Ambras Art Chamber was constructed in memory of the second wife of Archduke Ferdinand II and monastery founder, Anna Caterina Gonzaga. On display here are personal objects belonging to the Archduchess, who entered the “Regelhaus” (convent) as Anna Juliana. The Art Chamber of the Servite Church also houses paintings and graphics as well as decorative art from the 16th - 19th century.

Tip: The museum is not suitable for large groups. SPECIAL TOURS, however, are possible through Per Pedes Tirol |

Museum of the Institute for Anatomy

The museum displays human specimens in the form of complete skeletons, including that of castle giant Nikolaus Haidl, as well as a skull collection with more than a thousand display items. In the section on comparative anatomy there are numerous wet preparations and skeletons of vertebrates to be viewed. Watercolours and oil paintings by artist Franz Batke illustrate the structure of the skeleton. You can also see an old anatomical apparatus.
Tel.: 0043 664 3587985 

The Golden Roof Museum

The Golden Roof, the landmark of Innsbruck, houses a museum about the life and times of Emperor Maximilian I. One exhibition hall examines the history of the Golden Roof. Light and sound installations, and also a film, show what life was like in Tyrol in the late Middle Ages. For children there are a number of interactive stations and also a playroom.

Tel.: 0043 512 58738029 |  

Museum im Zeughaus

Once the weapon depot of Emperor Maximilian I, today a museum about Tyrol’s cultural history. Important sections include prehistoric findings, silver mining and salt extraction plus Peter Anich’s globes, the battle for freedom of 1809, the beginning of tourism as well as both World Wars.

Tel.: 0043 512 59489 311

Private Radio Museum

Innsbruck’s radio museum has been in existence since 1965. In addition to historic radio devices it also presents inventions by K. Schuchter (1899 -1977), the museum owner’s father.
Admission free. 
Advance bookings requested, go to

Tel.: 0664 5638150 |

Ambras Castle Art History Museum

Ambras Castle is one of the most important attractions in the Provincial Capital. Its cultural and historical significance is inextricably linked to the personality of Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595), who as a true Renaissance sovereign was a patron of the arts and sciences. He founded the magnificent Ambras Collections, and had a modern museum facility in the lower castle built in which to house them. 
Today’s exhibition attempts to reconstruct the Archduke’s “Kunst- und Wunderkammer” (chamber of art and curiosities), his arms and armouries as well as his Hall of Antiquities. During Ferdinand’s time, the upper part of the castle was the living quarters. Today it houses the Habsburg’s portrait gallery over three floors with portraits ranging from Albrecht III (1349-1395) to Emperor Franz I (1768-1835). More than 200 portraits are exhibited, among them precious works of art by the likes of Lukas Cranach, Anton Mor, Tizian, van Dyck and Diego Velásquez. A collection of late medieval sculptures is housed on the ground floor of the high castle, with its most striking feature being the Georges Altar of Emperor Maximilian I. 
Telephone number for guided tours: +43 1 525 24 4804

Combination ticket Bus + Museum entry for € 8.80 instead of € 13.40 (new summer prices)
Bus line: 4134 towards Mils
Tel.: 0043 1 52524 4802 | |

The City Museum – City Archives Innsbruck

For its permanent exhibition the City Museum presents aspects of the city’s history taken from the shelves of the City Archives. Features which are special to Innsbruck are explored with the help of selected themes: location, foundation, royal residence, urban development, transport, health, culture, sport, tourism, commerce, trade, water supply and contemporary history, to name but a few.
Many paintings by important Tyrolean artists, city views, panoramic pictures, historic photographs, rare realties, medieval records, posters and postcards provide a varied and informative insight into the life of the city and its inhabitants. More detailed information on individual topics can be obtained in the reading room of the Archives. The oldest municipal document is the town charter dated 1239. Paintings, prints, posters, pamphlets, plans, estates of important people, decrees and numerous special collections can also be found at the Archives. 
Of particular significance is the photo collection with about 100,000 pictures.

Tel.: 0043 512 587380 | |

Wilten Abbey Museum

The museum of the premonstratensian canons of Wilten Abbey, founded in 1138, you will find the magnificent Abbey rooms. On display here are valuable paper hangings, paintings, furniture, tin, records and vestments as well as gold and silver work from five centuries.

Tel.: 0043 512 583048 | |

Tyrolean State Museum, Ferdinandeum

The art-historical tour takes you from the Stone Age to the present day – a journey through approx. 30,000 years. Among the exhibits are Romanesque and Gothic masterpieces, a major Dutch collection, pieces from the Baroque and the 19th century, a collection of precious musical instruments, the Biedermeier collection and the Modern Gallery.

Tel.: 0043 512 59 489 |

Tyrolean Railway Museum

The museum of the “Tiroler Museumsbahnen” is located at the old Stubai Valley station. It includes documentation on all the tramways and local railways. The depot houses many historical and original rail vehicles.

Tel.: 0043 664 1116001 | |


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