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Man’s encounter with the mountains

As the centrepiece of the Messner Mountain Museum, MMM Firmian in Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen addresses the subject of man’s encounter with the mountains. In a setting dominated by the various peaks between the Schlern and the Texel range, the museum is spacious enough to be organised as an itinerary between the various works of art, installations and relics that it houses. The paths, stairs and towers lead visitors form the depths of the mountain, where their origins and exploitation are brought to life, and the religious significance of the peaks as an aid to orientation and a bridge to the beyond, to the history of mountaineering and the alpine tourist industry that we know today. Annual exhibitions are also held.


Opening hours

MMM Firmian is open from the first Sunday in March to the third Sunday in November.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Doors close at 5 p.m.
Closed on Thursdays

Messner Mountain Museum Firmian
Sigmundskron Castle, Sigmundskronerstr. 53
I - 39100 Bozen
Tel. +39 0471 631264 - Fax +39 0471 633884


At the end of the world

The museum in Sulden am Ortler, an underground structure at 1900 m above sea-level, is devoted to the world of ice.
“At the end of the world” we call it. That is what it says on a 1771 map drawn by Peter Anich showing the glacier on the Ortler, beneath which the Ice Museum is located. At MMM Ortles Reinhold Messner tells of the Terrors of Ice and Darkness, Snow People and Snow Lions, the Whiteout and the Third Pole. The museum houses the world’s biggest collection of Ortler paintings as well as ice-climbing gear from two centuries. Skiing, ice-climbing and expeditions to the Poles are the themes. Visitors find themselves inside the mountain, where they are given a clear picture of ice mountains, the Arctic and Antarctic, the power of avalanches, and the pains taken by artists to depict the world of ice. Outside, the ice is very real, and round the corner the Yak&Yeti offers fine fare from the snows of the Himalayas as well as the typical dishes of South Tyrol.

Opening hours

MMM Ortles is open from the forth Sunday in May to the second Sunday in October
and from the second Sunday in December to 1 May.

2 - 6 p.m.; in july and august 1 - 7 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays

Messner Mountain Museum Ortles
c/o Yak & Yeti, I - 39029 Sulden (BZ)
Tel. +39 0473 613577 - ortles@messner-mountain-museum.it


Museum in the clouds

The Museum in the Clouds, located on Monte Rite (2181 m) between Pieve di Cadore and Cortina d’Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites, is sensational for the views alone. The plateau at the summit offers a 360° panorama of the most spectacular mountains in the Dolomites: Monte Schiara, Monte Agnèr, Monte Civetta, Marmolata, Monte Pelmo, Tofana di Rozes, Sorapis, Antelao, Marmarole. The theme of the museum in the old fort is “rock”. The museum illustrates the process of the conquest of the Dolomites – with reference to those natural scientists and mountaineers who wrote alpine history with their discoveries, new routes and first ascents. At the heart of the museum there is a big gallery housing a collection of unique paintings of the Dolomites, from the Romantic period up to today. Annual exhibitions are also held.

Openening hours

MMM Dolomites is open daily from June to 30 September.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in June and from the middle of September;
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in July, August and up to the middle of September.

Messner Mountain Museum Dolomites
Località Monte Rite, I - 32040 Cibiana di Cadore (BL)

Tel. +39 0435 890996 - Fax +39 0435 890997 - dolomites@messner-mountain-museum.it


Myth of the Mountain

The museum in Juval Castle in Vinschgau is dedicated to the Magic of the Mountain and houses several fine art collections: a Tibetica collection, a gallery of paintings of the world’s holy mountains, a collection of masks from five continents, a unique Gesar of Ling exhibition, a Tantra Room and the Expedition Cellar. Trained guides are available to explain all the exhibits. There is also a small mountain zoo, home-grown produce at the Schlosswirt tavern, excellent wines in Unterortl and, at the foot of the hill, a farmhouse shop. Juval Castle always makes a big impression in so many ways.

Opening hours

MMM Juval is open from the fourth Sunday of March to 30 June and from 1 September to the first Sunday in November.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays
Guided tours only

Messner Mountain Museum Juval
Juval Castle, I - 39020 Kastelbell (BZ)
Tel. +39 348 4433871 (opening hours only), or +39 0471 631264
Fax +39 0471 633884


The mountain heritage

MMM Ripa is part of a five-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 mountain culture is reflected in the daily lives of their inhabitants, who impart life and history to the mountains of the world. This heritage of the mountains, which has ensured survival over the millennia for the people living high up on the brink of life, can now be appreciated at MMM Ripa – with the help of their dwellings, videos and encounters.

Opening hours

MMM Ripa is open from the second Sunday of May to November 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
and from December 26 to April 25, 12 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Doors close at 5 p.m.,
Closed on Tuesdays.

MMM Ripa
Bruneck Castle
I - 39031 Bruneck (BZ)
Tel. +39 0474 410220
Fax +39 0474 140525
Email: ripa@messner-mountain-museum.it


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