Museums

Learn more about the landscape and history of the Dolomites by visiting the many museums in the area which combine nature and culture to show the Dolomites from different points of view. As you explore the displays, you will discover the most important aspects of the Dolomites area. 

This particular museum is known also as "Museo delle Nuvole" (Museum of Clouds) and it has been very much desired by the mountaineer Reinhold Messner within the project Messner Mountain Museum (MMM).

The Vittorino Cazzetta Museum is famous because it contains an exceptional finding: a sepulcher of a Mesolithic hunter on the Alps, the Mondeval Man.

The Great War Museum is located at 2950 mt above the sea level, at the foot of the glacier of Marmolada, the Queen of the Dolomites. The exhibition hosts artifacts, photographic material and various documents showing the fervent war activity in those places between 1915 and 1917.

This museum hosts one of the richest existing paleontological collections thanks to the intense research and study carried out by Rinaldo Zardini, the naturalist to whom the museum is dedicated.

The Paleontological Museum "The roots of life" was established in 2008 and it starts from a private paleontological collection of the Venetian naturalist Bruno Berti, enriched by other artifacts given by the Ligabue Study and Research Centre in Venice.

The mineral collection of the Mineral School "Umberto Follador" is very remarkable and important, and it reminds that the exploitation of the local mineral resource was one of the most important activities of the Agordino area until the 60s.

The ethnographic museum of Seravella is a benchmark in the knowledge and study of Belluno ethnography, thanks to many research activities that are carried out in it and for the interesting initiatives aiming to spread the knowledge of the local traditional heritage.

The Ethnographic Museum of the Regole d'Ampezzo, located in the former sawmill of the Regole and opened in 2011, was created to let the public know the fundamental cultural and environmental aspects of the Ampezzo community.

The Museum of history, customs and traditions of the Ladin people is a nice display which is based in Livinallongo del Col di Lana, and that tells the story, the natural environment and traditions of this area: the Livinallongo valley.

This museum was founded in Comelico Superiore with the cooperation of the Cultural Research Group of Comelico Superiore and the Regola of Dosoledo, with the aim to preserve the culture and tradition of the place.

The heritage of the Mountain: permanent exhibition
MMM Ripa is part of a six-centered encounter with the mountains. Reinhold Messner has chosen Bruneck Castle, once the summer residence of the prince bishops, to present mountain peoples from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe, and to reflect on their cultures, religions and tourism activities.

The South Tyrol Natural Sciences Museum is located in the ancient urban residence of the emperor Maximilian I, and it was also the seat of the administrative offices of the empire.
The rooms in the museum show the main features of the South Tyrol natural history: one of the most various in Europe.

The GEOPARC Bletterbach is located in the south-western side of the Dolomites and it is composed by an adventure park, a didactic place, a natural monument and an outstanding canyon and it allows the visitors to admire and know the evolution of the earth and life from an unusual perspective.

It collects and shows the most important fossil findings coming from the GEOPARC Bletterbach in the south-western side of the Dolomites, where there are an adventure park, a didactic place, a natural monument and an outstanding canyon.

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Three floors of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology are dedicated to original finds and the story of Ötzi, the Man from the Ice: from the media hype surrounding his discovery to the research into the 5,000-year-old, exceptionally well-preserved mummy and the associated items, as well as all sorts of oddities, fascinating interviews and interactive experiences.

The Ladins Ursus ladinicus Museum is dedicated to the Dolomites history and to their geological formation, but also to an ancient inhabitant of this territory: a cave bear lived in the Dolomites forests 40.000 years ago.

The protagonists of this exhibition are some fossils found by chance in a stone quarry on Giogo di Meltina/MöltnerJoch and it is stands above the city hall as wanted by the mayor of the time (J. Karnutsch).

The Gherdeina Local Heritage Museum is situated right in the center of Ortisei and exhibits valuable collections related to the cultural and natural history of the Gardena Valley.

The Dolomythos Museum introduces the visitor in the world of the Dolomites as UNESCO World Heritage, explains its development and informs about the exploration of the geological characteristics and about the fauna and flora of this area.

Since 2001 the historic Thurn castle, dating back to the 13th century, has housed the Ladin museum. The Ćiastel de Tor, with its distinctive residential tower, presents the history of over 30,000 Ladins whose common identity is characterised by two important features: their language, which derives from popular Latin, and the unique mountain landscape of the Dolomites.

Trauttmansdorff Castle near Meran, the former holiday residence of the Empress Elisabeth, now houses the delightful Regional Museum for Tourism, the Touriseum.

The MUSE is the museum of sciences of Trento, an outstanding architecture built on a body of water by Renzo Piano.
It is not like the typical museum, as inside the "zero gravity" notion has been applied: the exhibition contains some objects hung with thin cables and have an amazingly scenic effect: tables, shelves, panels, screens and pictures, and also every kind of flying reptiles hooked to the ceiling or to the floor with steel tie rods that seem to fluctuate in the air.

The Museo geologico delle Dolomiti di Predazzo has been founded in 1899 as a "Social Museum" from the "Società Magistrale di Fiemme e Fassa" and it has a history of more than 100 years. The museum is specialized in the geology of the Dolomites, with a particular attention for Fiemme and Fassa valleys.

The Fossil Museum was founded in 1977 thanks to a donation by Osvaldo Giovanazzi. This exhibition is characterized by 40 display cabinets in six rooms for 1200 pieces in total.

The Monzoni Mineral Museum was set up by Tone Rizzi Poldin, an enthusiast and patient researcher of Dolomites volcanic finds.

The Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina (the Museum of Customs and Traditions of Trentino People) is an ethnographic museum created by the Trentino-Bohemian expert Giuseppe Sebasta: this exhibition is considered one of the most remarkable at national level in its genre.

With its 600 m² premises the Ladin Museum in Fassa provides visitors with a glimpse into different aspects of Ladin civilisation, including pre-history, its institutional organisations, civil and religious rituals, beliefs and traditions, till to the advent of mountaineering and mass tourism - a real historic journey through the folk lore of a people.

The exhibition is placed within the former dairy cooperative of Piano d'Arra, near Chiusini, and it shows a collection of artifacts coming from various parts of the world: in this way the visitor can understand the different features of the various living beings having settled the universe all over the centuries and millennia.

The Museo Geologico della Carnia (Carnia Geological Museum) is placed within the Unfer Palace and it shows the results of many years of research in the Carnic territory. 


The Dogna area has an important paleontological, historical and ethnographic heritage, and the Museum of the Territory and the Environmental Education Centre has the aim of value and show all that.

The exhibition in Palazzo Lupieri represents all the beauties of the alpine territory and analyses the history of the Preone area. The museum is divided into two rooms: in the first you can admire the recreation of the surrounding natural environments, with some samples of the most representative animal species.

The Museo civico di storia naturale (The City Museum of Natural History) in Pordenone hosts precious collections of many experts and enthusiasts of insects, birds and minerals.
The Oddo Arrigoni degli Oddi collection, Ettore Arrigone's father, is very important, as he is considered the forefather of the modern Italian ornithology: his collection counts more than 3000 examples of exotic birds.

Friuli's Ethnographic Museum - New Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions is situated in the historic Palazzo Giacomelli in Udine, in the picturesque and lively Borgo Grazzano.