Absamer Matschgerer
Absamer Matschgerer

Carnival Museum Absam

The Carnival People of Absam document the history of this special tradition in an own little museum.

In the former fire station of Absam, the so-called "Spritzenhaus", the Association of the Absam Matschgerer (Carnival People of Absam) opened a small but mighty museum in the Eighties which is dedicated to these Carnival figures. The traditional figures are divided in groups and have really particular names, e.g. Alter (old man), Bär (bear), Bock (buck), "Klötzler" or "Spiegeltuxer".

Once a tradition only for adult men, Absam has also a group of young Matschgerer since the Eighties. The history of the Matschgerer dates back to the 18th century, back then a common Catholic custom in Switzerland, Germany and large parts of Austria. Already in the 19th century, masked people went from house to house, but only in the 20th century this was modified into a procession. The hustle and bustle always starts on the 18th of January, because on the 17th January 1797 the icon of the Virgin Mother appeared in Absam.

The small museum (Matschgerer-Museum Absam) shows the costumes of the Carnival figures and 200 wooden face masks: The oldest is 200 years old. Also photos and a movie tell the interesting history of the Absam Matschgerer. The procession is held every four years (the next time in 2024).

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Opening times

  • Sun 29 Jan closed
  • Mon 30 Jan closed
  • Tue 31 Jan closed
  • Wed 01 Feb closed
  • Thu 02 Feb closed
  • Fri 03 Feb closed
  • Sat 04 Feb closed

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Advent period 2022 (11/20/2022 - 12/18/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00

Immaculate Conception 2022 (12/08/2022) closed

Winter closure 2022/23 (12/19/2022 - 04/01/2023)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Spring 2023 (04/02/2023 - 06/25/2023)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00

Easter 2023 (04/09/2023) 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00

Easter Monday 2023 (04/10/2023) closed

Admission

free admission

More information

The museum stays closed in high summer (July and August) and in winter (Christmas to April).

Guided tours for groups on request.

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