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Museum Gherdëina

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: precious sculptures and paintings of local artists of the last four centuries and a unique collection of ancient wooden toys of the area, spectacular minerals and fossils of plants and marine creatures testitying to the fascinating evolution and creation of the Dolomites as extensive coral reefs over 200 million years ago, as well as remarkable archaeological finds of the oldest human traces of the area.

Two very extraordinary exhibits are the richly illuminated Lenten cloth of the Saint James’ Church above Ortisei (1620) and the very impressive original cruzifix of Seurasas (1932).

The multimedial exhibition Bierjun 1490. A Secret Passion shows the tiny bedchamber room from the Bierjun farmhouse near Ortisei with very rare drawings from the Late Middle Ages. The delicate drawings on the wooden walls are shown through a digital window.

The Museum Gherdëina also houses the Archive and permanent exhibition of Luis Trenker (1892-1990), actor and director of many mountain films.



The great ichthyosaurus of Mount Seceda

exhibition to realize in 2021

The ichthyosaurus Cymbospondylus, half fish, half lizard, was an impressive animal. Thanks to virtual reality from 2021 onwards it can be experienced first-hand in the Gherdëina Museum in Ortisei. A video of the project made by the young paleontologist Nicola Castelnuovo shows how enormous this marine animal was that dominated the Tethys Ocean 240 million years ago.


To the VR-video


Prof. Ryosuke Motani in the Museum Gherdëina, 2014
Prof. Ryosuke Motani in the Museum Gherdëina, 2014
The discoverers of the fossil remains of the ichthyosaurus of the Secëda J. Comploj y M. Strobl in the Museum Gherdëina, 2014
The discoverers of the fossil remains of the ichthyosaurus of the Secëda J. Comploj y M. Strobl in the Museum Gherdëina, 2014

Open

Them museum reopens!
We are delighted to be able to reopen our doors and present our collections to the public. Our spaces, and the security measures we have taken, guarantee a visit in full compliance with all COVID regulations.

 

Summer

15.05–25.06: MO–FR 2 pm–6 pm
26.06–20.09: MO–FR 10 am–1 pm, 2 pm–6 pm
21.09–16.10: MO–FR 10 am–12.30 pm, 2 pm–6 pm
15.08: closed


Winter

15.12–06.01:
daily, 10 am–12.30 pm, 2 pm–6 pm
closed: 24, 25, 31.12, 01.01
07.01–09-04:
Tu–Fr, 10 am–12.30 pm, 2 pm–6 pm

Entry with CoronaPass and mask FFP2

Address

 

Museum Gherdëina

Cësa di Ladins, Via Rezia 83
I-39046 Ortisei/St. Ulrich (Province of Bolzano-Bozen)

T 0039 0471 797554
F 0039 0471 789798
info@museumgherdeina.it

Getting Here

SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT THE CASA DI CULTURA ORTISEI 08.2019–02.2020

MEJES: The Masi of Val Gardena. Memory of a landscape

The Masi of Val Gardena – Mejes de Gherdëina – constitute an age-old architectural heritage, dating back in some cases to the 13th century, representing, apart from their historical and documentary value, an invaluable wealth of architectural, constructive and aesthetic features. However, these masi are increasingly threatened by demolition due to the radical economic and social transformation of the territory and the difficulty of adapting these historic structures to modern needs.
The loss of this heritage would mark an irrevocable depletion of part of the valley's material culture.

The constant threat of demolition and the greater interest shown recently in the preservation of the masi have made it necessary to re-document and re-photograph these characteristic buildings, so typical of peasant culture, expanding and updating the 2008-2013 Museo Gherdëina project, which covered all the masi and barns of the Val Gardena, censused in the Map of the Masi of Val Gardena.

The new black and white images, captured by the photographer Václav Šedý, give us an exciting, insightful glimpse into this distinctive architectural style, part of peasant culture for centuries.
The exhibition boasts a vast display of recent photographs and there is a catalogue with photos of all the masi depicted, evidence of the rich architectural heritage still to be found in Val Gardena.

To the video MEJES