Val Gardena Heritage Museum

The Museum Gherdeina in the “Cesa di ladins”, provides an insight into aspects of arts and nature.

Located in Ortisei, the Val Gardena Heritage Museum provides an insight into the culture and nature of beautiful Val Gardena. Wood-carving in Val Gardena for instance boasts a centuries-old tradition; four centuries to say it more clearly. Have a look at sacred wood carvings by important South Tyrolean carvers or secular work of arts such as wooden animals, cribs or chess figures.

Archaeological findings date back to long passed times such as the Stone Age and introduce you to the original settlements of Val Gardena. Valuable fossils, stones and minerals are evidence of the geological history of the Dolomites. Have a look at local animals and birds, a butterfly collection as well as a collection of plants and get to know the Alpine flora and fauna.

Worth seeing is also the collection of paintings, featuring e.g. oil paintings by the important Ladin painter Josef Moroder-Lusenberg. The Val Gardena Heritage Museum boasts, moreover, a memorial collection dedicated to the South Tyrolean composer and director Luis Trenker.

One of the museum’s main attractions is the unique collection of old Gardena wooden toys, most of which was compiled, with much dedication, by Hans Senoner Vastlé prior to the outbreak of World War II.

Opening hours summer:
17.05–15.10: Mo–Fr 10–12.30, 2–6 pm
01.07–31.08: Mo–Sa 10–6 pm

Opening hours winter:
01.12–23.12: We–Sa, 14–18
26.12 - 08.01: daily 10–12, 14–18
09.01–31.03: Tu–Fr, 14–18
closed: 24., 25., 31.12 + 01.01

Further information:
Museum Gherdeina, Cesa di Ladins
Str. Rezia 83, Ortisei
Tel.: +39 0471 797554

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