Tyrol’s capital is not just about mountains and skiing – These 5 free museums in Innsbruck are free of charge for people under 19 years old.
1. Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum
The Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck collects, documents and communicates all the essentials regarding culture and cultural development in Tyrol. It was founded in 1823 and named after Archduke Ferdinand. The museum is home to seven collections. They cover different parts of history. In the mesuem’s basement the focus lies on prehistory, Roman times and the Middle Ages. On the first floor you will learn about epoches like the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. In the music room you will find a large collection of instruments as well as impressive light and sound installations. On the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Tiroler Landesmuseum exhibition pieces and information about the Baroque await you. There’s also an “Art-Box” and a gallery of modern art.
Opened tuesday to sunday, from 9am to 7pm.
2. Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage (Popular Art)
Another one of the free museums in Innsbruck is the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum. It offers interesting insights in traditional Tyrolian art, crafts, masks, customs and more. The exhibits in the museum visualize past life and lifestyles in different social classes: the peasantry, the bourgeoisie and the nobility.
Opened monday to sunday, from 9am to 5pm
3. Court Church (Hofkirche)
The Hofkirche in Innsbruck houses the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I. and is one of Innsbruck’s most important sights.
The three-aisled hall church was built from 1553 to 1563 under Emperor Ferdinand I. The Renaissance building with many gothic elements is truly magnificent. The tomb includes a marble cenotaph with the figure of the kneeling emperor and four virtue allegories. There are also 28 larger-than-life bronze statues of ancestors, relatives and political models of Maximilian. Due to these black bronze statues, the Hofkirche is also called the “Schwarzmander Kirche” which translates into “black men church”.
The church unites in its interior many other attractions such as a beautiful renaissance organ and the high altar from 1755 to a design by the Viennese court architect Nicolaus Pacassi. The tomb also houses a grave monument for the Tyrolean hero and independence fighter Andreas Hofer.
Opened monday to saturday, from 9am to 5pm
4. Zeughaus (Armoury)
This is the former weapons depot of Emperor Maximilian I. Built in 1505, the armory was also used as a barracks. It has now been transformed into a “Museum of the Cultural History of Tyrol”. Inside, you can learn much about different epochs spanning from prehistiruc to modern times. A big focus lies on mining in Tyrol, which helped the country to great wealth. Also interesting is the part about Reformation and Counter Reformation. It comes whith a big selection of medieval torture instruments. There is also a lot to learn about the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer.
In addition, the museum offers changing special exhibitions. In the warm season you can enjoy concerts in the courtyard.
Opened tuesday to sunday, from 9am to 5pm.
5. Tyrol Panorama with Kaiserjäger Museum
The Tirol Panorama with Kaiserjägermuseum was opened in 2011. At the heart of the museum is a giant oil painting that shows the Tyrolian struggle for freedom. On more than 1.000 m² it offers a 360-degree view and documents various aspects about the Tyrol. It shows landscapes and people and their irrepressible urge for freedom. In its center stands Tyrolian hero and freedom fighter Andreas Hofer. From the terrace of the museum restaurant you have a sensational panoramic view of Innsbruck and the Inn Valley.
Opened wednesday to monday, from 9am to 7pm
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