Austrian Alpine Association Museum and Archive

This museum illustrates in Innsbruck the history of the Österreichischer Alpenverein (OeAV) and Alpinism in general.

The mountains and the conquering of high peaks has always fascinated humans. For this reason, already in 1862 the OeAV, the Österreichischer Alpenverein (Austrian Alpine Association), was founded. This early date makes it the first association for mountaineers on the European mainland and the second in the world after the British Alpine Club. Today the main tasks of the association are surveillance of environmental matters as well as maintenance of the signposted trail network and the mountain refuges that belong to the OeAV. The Austrian Alpine Association Museum Innsbruck tells the story of the long history and of Alpinism in general.

This museum has been existing for more than one century now. Basing on the resolution of the German and Austrian Alpine Association, in 1911 it was inaugurated as “Alpine Museum” in a former villa at the Isar river in Munich. When it was destroyed in 1944 during a bombing, the major part of the collection was transported to Tyrol. Finally, from 1973 the pieces were exhibited in different buildings in Innsbruck. Some were also showed in public, such as the exhibition “vertical - the Innsbrucker Nordkette mountain chain. An exhibition in the city.” From 2007 till 2014 the museum was hosted by one of the most remarkable buildings of the city, on the first floor of the Imperial Court.

Until 2014 the cooperation with the Imperial Court was guaranteed. On 700 sqm the permanent exhibition “Berge, eine unverständliche Leidenschaft” (Mountains, an unintelligible passion) was shown. In 12 rooms you were guided across the word of mountains, the fascination they exert, dangers and emotions that are closely connected. In 2014 the museum closed for relocation, but continues to collaborate in the meantime with other museums, e.g. for the exhibition “HOCH HINAUS! Wege und Hütten in den Alpen” (ON THE TOP! Paths and huts in the Alps) in the Alpine Museum in Munich (2018).

The museum, however, remains closed for relocation!
(updated: October 2019)

Characteristics: about the history of the OeAV and Alpinism in general
Further information: phone: +43 512 59547-19,

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