Meran is not only a friendly city where you can spend a relaxing and delightful holiday. It is also a place rich in culture and history, told by its wonderful monuments and numerous museums.
A great number of castles and fortresses of the area have been transformed into art galleries where you can admire exhibits about material culture, collective memory and social evolution of the city and its surroundings.
You have a really wide choice: from Woman Museum ‘Evelyn Ortner’, Touriseum – the local tourism museum and Jewish Museum with Synagogue to Palais Mamming Museum, the City Museum of Meran.
Woman Museum ‘Evelyn Ortner’
Evelyn Ortner was an outstanding collector who in 1988 founded Meran Woman Museum. The permanent exhibit of the museum gathers objects and documents that tell more than 200 years of women history, it analyses the roles of women throughout the history and how they were represented and the way they presented themselves. Inside the museum there are clothes and accessories from 1820 to 1990 and tell the everyday life of women through the objects they used every day. In the museum has also a library that is constantly updated.
Touriseum – the local tourism museum
Original and accurate, Touriseum was opened in 2003 in Castel Trauttmansdorff. the permanent collection shows 200 years of tourism history in Alto Adige, analyses habits and interests of travellers. A visit made even more vivid thanks to living sets, mechanical stages and life-size figures that liven up the exhibit rooms. Om the second floor of the castle there is a small exhibit dedicated to Princess Sissi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who used to spend in Meran her holidays.
Jewish Museum and Synagogue
The Jewish community of Meran has been very important for the development of the city. Some members were doctors and scientists. There are famous for discovering the beneficial properties of the thermal spring of the city, so that it has become a well-known holiday destinations. The synagogue follows the Ashkenazi rite and has been built in 1901. The community has been one of the most significant of Mitteleuropa, both for its cultural and social activities. The museum created in the basement of the synagogue collects everyday objects. The documents filed in the archives concern a long period of growth and prosperity from the end of 19th century to the first half of last century.