The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is located in the historical center of the city of Bolzano/Bozen in South Tyrol. In its 1,200 square meters of exhibition rooms, it documents on three floors the chalcolithic mummy "Tyrolean Iceman" (nicknamed "Ötzi") and the artifacts found with him.
The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology was opened on the 28th of March, 1998. The "Tyrolean Iceman" (nicknamed "Ötzi") and the artifacts found with him assume a central position in the exhibition area.
Various prehistoric places of worship have been found dating from the Bronze Age which were also used as burial sites, though what makes Ötzi unique is that he was discovered in the spot where he was overcome by sudden death while still in his prime, along with the objects which he carried with him 5,300 years ago to survive in the harsh climate and terrain of the high mountains.
The facts and data may make dull reading for the less scientifically-minded, though those who wish to see the Bronze Age man's mummified remains in real life can visit the Archaeological Museum where he is preserved in an air-conditioned, controlled atmosphere compartment, while his belongings are exhibited in separate showcases.
The discovery and recovery of the find are illustrated by video projections to complement the information panels. A discovery room at the end the floor gives visitors the chance to try a reconstruction of the coat worn by Ötzi.
Text: South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology