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Messner Mountain Museum MMM Firmian, Bolzano

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The Messner Mountain Museum or MMM is a museum project created by Italian mountaineer and extreme climber Reinhold Messner in South Tyrol in northern Italy. Messner's museum project is designed to educate visitors on "man's encounter with mountains" and deals with the science of mountains and glaciers, the history of mountaineering and rock climbing, the history of mythical mountains, and the history of mountain-dwelling people.
The museum project consists of five museums based at six different locations: Firmian, Juval, Dolomites, Ortles, Ripa and Corones. MMM Firmian at Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen is the centerpiece of the museum and concentrates on man’s relationship with the mountains. The museum includes displays on the geology of the mountains, the religious significance of mountains in the lives of people, and the history of mountaineering and alpine tourism. MMM Juval at Juval Castle in the Burggrafenamt in Vinschgau is dedicated to the "magic of the mountains", with an emphasis on mystical mountains and their religious significance. MMM Dolomites at in the Cibiana Pass at Monte Rite, housed in an old fort, is dedicated to the subject of rocks, particularly in the Dolomites, with exhibits focusing on the history of the formation of the Dolomites. This museum contains a summit observation platform that offers a 360° panorama of the surrounding Dolomites. MMM Ortles at Sulden on the Ortler is dedicated to the history of mountaineering on ice and the great glaciers of the world. MMM Ripa at Bruneck Castle in South Tyrol is dedicated to the mountain peoples from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe, with emphasis on their cultures, religions, and tourism activities. MMM Corones on the summit plateau of Kronplatz (2,275 m), is dedicated to traditional mountaineering. Messner Mountain Museum MMM Firmian is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • My girlfriend wanted to go here because she grew up around climbers. The museum is very well-constructed and I recommend going the entire way around. You get a little bit of everything; climbing... 
    My girlfriend wanted to go here because she grew up around climbers. The museum is very well-constructed and I recommend going the entire way around. You get a little bit of everything; climbing...  more »
  • An exceptional, modern museum in a medieval castle with breathtaking views. The layout is neat, the exhibits are incredible, with glass staircases and balconies, a charming, futuristic place. Not to.....  more
    An exceptional, modern museum in a medieval castle with breathtaking views. The layout is neat, the exhibits are incredible, with glass staircases and balconies, a charming, futuristic place. Not to.....  more »
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  • This was our last visit in Italy. We’re glad to have stopped by to visit this museum. There is so much to see and learn about alpines. I highly recommend this place!
  • The concept of the Museum is great. You walk up and down quite a bit to visit all parts of it, mimicking a mountain ascent. The castle hosting the Museum would be of interest in and itself (nice view over the city of Bolzano) and a lot of exhibits are interesting if you are into mountaineering. The Museum leaves quite a lot of room to the spiritual aspect of the mountains and not just about the technical aspect of climbing them. Even though there are tributes to other mountaineers in the Museum, it still felt too much like an ego trip (hence the 4*). This is strongly felt in the Museum shop where you can purchase 50 different Messner books but not a single book from another mountaineer. Sad.

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