Tirol's history of copper and silver mining dates back to the Bronze Age and had its heydays in the 15th and 16th century (the Silbertaler, the Habsburg Empire in the days of Emperor Maximilian I).
The exhibtion takes one on a journey through the Tyrol’s geological formations, fossiles act as stone witnesses and continues with scientific explanations about crystals and prehistoric finds to then move on to the beginning of mining activity.
Various references in the “Schwazer Bergbuch” and in the Agricola drawings document that the mining endeavours of the 15th century were perfectly organised. The original objects tell stories of the hard work in the mines. A 200-year-old mine troley is the museum's big treasure.
What is on display?
- geological objects, fossiles, minerals
- a section on early history - from the Stone Age to the Romans, 6000 years of Brixlegg history
- Agricola drawings, the miners' book from Schwaz and mine maps
- original findings such as mine trolleys, etc.
- ore processing, scales, weights
The exhibition HIAS REBITSCH - A MOUNTAINEER'S LIFE presents data about this well-known pioneer from Brixlegg as well as archeological artefacts from his many journeys to the Andes.