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 and the Habsburg Empire in the days of Emperor Maximilian I.
Starting off with an overview of the Tyrol’s geological formations fossils act as stone witnesses. The exhibition continues with scientific explanations about crystals; prehistoric finds and then moves on to the beginning of mining activity.
That the mining endeavours of the 15th century were a perfectly organised can be seen in the various references in the “Schwazer Bergbuch” and in the Agricola drawings. The original objects found tell stories of the hard work in the mines. A 200 year old guide pin mine cart is the museums big treasure.
On display are:
- geological objects, fossiles, minerals
- a section on early history, from the Stone Age to the Romans, 6000 years Brixlegg
- Agricola drawings, 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 shows data about this pioneer from Brixlegg and archiological artefacts from his many journeys to the Andes.