Among the most important institutions in Meran are the Museum of South Tyrolean History in Tyrol Castle and the Touriseum in the botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which is dedicated to the regional history of tourism. The gardens are among the most beautiful in the world. The Kunst Meran art institution is the biggest platform for visual arts, photography and design, and in the evening, the attached Café Kunsthaus is a popular meeting place.
Peasant life in the 19th century is the focus of the displays in the open-air MuseumPasseier in St. Leonhard, while the spectacular Mooseum in Moos is dedicated to the local history of mining. Naturns is host to the Prokulus Museum, next to the unique Romanesque St. Prokulus Church with its pre-Carolingian frescoes. In Partschins one can find the typewriter museum as well as a Model Railway Museum.
The 5000-year old ice mummy “Ötzi” is exhibited – together with his weapons and clothing – in the Museum of Archeology in Bolzano. One should also not miss the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) in Firmian close to Bolzano, which deals with the history of mountaineering and Alpinism. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museion, as well as in many smaller galleries in the city.