matschgerermuseum Absam
matschgerermuseum Absam

Carnival Museum Absam

The Carnival people of Absam document the history of this special Carnival 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 1980 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), "Fasserrössl" or "Spiegeltuxer".

Once a tradition only for adult men, Absam has also a group of young Matschgerer since the 1980s. 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. These processions are documented in Absam since 1926, and since 1973 the Matschgerer of Absam are the sole organisers, actively supported by many helpers and associations.

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 procession takes place every four years, the next time probably in 2020. The museum shows the costumes of the Carnival figures and 200 wooden face masks, the oldest is 200 years old and comes from Hall in Tyrol. Also photos, pictures and a film document the interesting history of the Absam Matschgerer.

Contact info

  • Stainerstrasse road 1 - 6067 - Absam
  • Guided tours or visits upon reservation.
  • +43 676 3849866


free admission

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Closed during summer and winter months.

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