Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, is one of Austria’s most idyllic holiday destinations. Here are a few of the best museums, where you can learn about Tyrolean culture and the history of the city.
Museum Goldenes Dachl
Adorned with over 2,000 shimmering tiles, the golden roof is one of the focal landmarks of Innsbruck. The structure was originally constructed by order of the Emporer to celebrate the anniversary of his marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza. The couple would often hang out on the balcony on celebratory occasions that were held on the streets below and the elaborately decorated facade, embellished in intricately detailed paintings, depicts various aristocratic scenes from their lifetime. Located in the “old town” area of Innsbruck, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
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Founded in 1823, this museum contains detailed exhibitions on Tyrolean history, from the Roman Era all the way up to Modern times. Seven main collections lie at the heart, featuring arts and crafts, instruments, clothing, and weapons. The museum’s gallery is a highlight—featuring precious work by renowned Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt.
Audioversum is a multi-faceted institution focusing on the subject of hearing, featuring exhibitions on everything from art to medicine. It is a favorite among families visiting Innsbruck, as many of the activities and shows are fun, interactive, and effective at keeping young ones occupied. The permanent exhibition of the museum is centered around the exploration of how we hear, demonstrated with 3D models, sound installations, and audio tests.
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When a bell chimes in a city, it is somewhat comforting to know that it would have been the exact same sound that rang out many hundreds of years ago. This unique museum takes you on a journey through the art of craftsmanship and the fascinating history of the well-established institution, founded by the Grassmayr family. As they continue to manufacture bells today, visitors are invited to witness the casting and molding—a practice that is age-old. The museum gives an insightful look at the significance of bells within our culture and their development in the Western world.
Paintings by Austrian artists, historical documents, and aged photographs all feature among the collections at the Stadtmuseum, that aim to educate visitors all about Innsbruck’s vibrant history. Alongside the permanent features, many talks and lectures and temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year—be sure to check the website for details.
Museum of Anatomy
We’re all curious about the way in which we function. The Museum of the Institue of Anatomical Science offers an insight into the inner workings of the human body, illustrated with skeletons and detailed sketches of the anatomy. The museum is only available in the summer months, from June to September, and by appointment only.
Enveloped by a titanic 360 painting, guests can explore the city of Innsbruck with completely unobscured views. Created by artist J.M. Sattler in the 18th century, the exhibition features telescopes and interactive screens that allow users to make close-up comparisons of the past and present Innsbruck. It is a great way to get to know the city more intimately.
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