History comes alive at the unique Tirol Farmstead Museum in Kramsach: Since the 1970ies, visitors have been welcomed for tours of more than 30 restored farmhouses including period outbuildings, blacksmith sheds, chapels and mills, depicting the history of rural Tirol. And now it’s even better—to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Farmstead Museum worked together with Stuttgart-based Atelier Brückner to develop a new conceptual design for the museum. The new, interactive exhibitions offer visitors an opportunity to observe and participate in the agrarian lifestyle that once dominated the Tirol landscape.
To tell the story of Tirol’s farmers and rural craftsmen, the Museum has moved examples of traditional rural buildings from all corners, mountainsides and valleys of Tirol to the site in Kramsach. All these relocated heritage buildings have been meticulously preserved and restored for future generations to enjoy, all filled with interesting artefacts recreating a bygone era. There are different types of buildings, representing all areas of rural Tirol. The Tirol Farmstead Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Tirol’s agricultural heritage from pre-industrial society. The rich and diverse agricultural history is reflected in the varied authentic farmhouses, outbuildings and exhibits of the 8-hectare site. With the spruce-up through Atelier Brückner, the museum strives to offer a step into the past and experience life as it was “back then” to visitors of all ages, interests and backgrounds.
To celebrate the museum’s 40th anniversary, Stuttgart-based Atelier Brückner worked together with museum curator Dr. Thomas Bertagnolli to conceive a new conceptual design. The new exhibition comprises four themed areas with “hands-on” experiences, new viewing platforms and provides virtual views of the agrarian lifestyle. Visually prominent information kiosks have been placed between the historic buildings to display information on times long past. “Our museum is now a place where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games,” says museum director Hans Knoll. Following a two-year upgrade entrusted to Atelier Brückner, the museum now contains historic exhibits linked with state-of-the-art video and computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations.
“We design narrative architecture to complement the historic spaces,” explains Uwe Brückner, creative director with Atelier Brückner. Four timber pavilions represent the museum’s new four themed areas, Landscape, Trade & Industry, Community and Rulership and provide uninterrupted views of the exceptionally beautiful site. These narrative structures were designed to give the visitor a sense of passing time. The history of the museum is presented in an entrance building, where a walk-through topography of Tirol indicates the original locations of the farms that have been relocated to Kramsach.
At the farms, visitors enjoy “living history” as communicated through video projections on walls. As characters of yesteryear bring the exhibits to life, visitors can experience life as it was “back then” and learning about domestic chores of the farmer’s wife in the preparation and preservation of food and the making of clothing. “Portraying everyday life on the farms, these videos tell stories and are particularly helpful to illustrate processes how things were done,” adds museum curator Dr. Thomas Bertagnolli.
The revamped museum is sure to stimulate curiosity and bring a smile to children of all ages with its hands-on experiences from the past. Little ones can experience the rural life of yesteryear and learn about the major inventions that changed everything to create the quality of life we take for granted today. Visitors of all ages can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. Educational programs and inspirational field trips offer fun and educational for the whole family. Special events and guided tours that recreate and preserve the rural heritage of Tirol are available. The extraordinary historic buildings and outdoor space serves as a living history lesson.
Open daily from Palm Sunday through October 31
May to September: 09:00am – 6:00pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
April and October: 09:00am – 5:00pm (last admission at 3:30pm)