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South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano is famous for its exhibition of the world-famous mummy Ötzi, the Iceman, who was preserved in a glacier for over 5,000 years.
In the heart of Bolzano, the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is waiting to take its visitors on a journey through time. The museum became famous thanks to Ötzi - also known as the Iceman - whose mummy, which is over 5,000 years old, found its home here. This prehistoric find was made by chance in 1991 by a hiking couple high in the Ötztal Alps near the Italian border. In the museum, which was opened in 1998 and is part of the independent provincial museums, Ötzi is preserved in a specially developed cold room at a frosty -6° C and a humidity of 98%. A viewing hatch gives visitors a fascinating insight into this era of human history. The exhibition not only offers insights into the clothing and equipment of the Copper Age, but also into everyday life at the time. Over the last ten years, the exhibition around the iceman has been considerably expanded. In particular, the living conditions, research findings and myths about Ötzi's life were discussed in detail and supplemented by a three-dimensional reconstruction. Visitors can easily find the museum in Bolzano's Museumstraße opposite the city museum, at the beginning of the pedestrian zone. It is easily accessible by city bus lines, and parking is available on the other side of the Talferbrücke bridge. A visit to the Archaeology Museum is like turning the pages of a fascinating chapter in the history of mankind.
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