Zunfthaus Museum
Zunfthaus Museum

Guild Museum Bichlbach

Craftsmanship and guilds are the main topics of the unique museum in the old rectory of Bichlbach in the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena

The guild has a long tradition in Tyrol. Most of the craftsmen belonged to the Innsbruck Guild, including those from the Ausserfern region in today's Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena, who often had to work as itinerant craftsmen. In the 17th century they joined together to form their own craftsmen's brotherhood: Bricklayers, stonemasons, plasterers and carpenters were among them.

After it was dissolved, a guild brotherhood was again established in Bichlbach in 1977. Today, it offers guided tours in the Guild Church and in the Guild Museum - called Zunftmuseum Bichlbach in German - which is housed in the old rectory next to the renovated St. Laurentius Church in Bichlbach. This interesting museum in the Guild House tells the story of craftsmanship and the guild system. In five different rooms, you can admire valuable objects and materials, discover the history of the craftsmen from the Ausserfern and learn how carpenters, bricklayers, painters, plasterers and sculptors used to work. How is a fresco created, how is gilding done? Until 2024, the "Amtsgebäude", the administrative building of the village, has been rebuilt, through which new storage areas, an archive and a new communicative space are available now for the museum.

You can see the works themselves in the Guild Church of St. Joseph, the only one of its kind in Austria. The history of this church goes back to the 18th century: At that time, the local guild brotherhood supported its construction. It has a single nave, two crypt chapels and is decorated with beautiful frescoes. The showpiece is the 10 metres high, almost completely gilded high altar.

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Opening times

Visits and guided tours are offered from Monday to Friday and only on prior request by phone:

  • Tue 25 Jun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 26 Jun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 27 Jun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 28 Jun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 29 Jun closed
  • Sun 30 Jun closed
  • Mon 01 Jul 10:00 - 16:00

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Full timetables
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Spring 2024 (03/06/2024 - 07/06/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 16:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

1st Thursday in June (06/06/2024) 13:00 - 19:00

Summer 2024 (10/06/2024 - 06/09/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 16:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

1st Thursday in July (04/07/2024) 13:00 - 19:00

1st Thursday in August (01/08/2024) 13:00 - 19:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 10:00 - 16:00

1st Thursday in September (05/09/2024) 13:00 - 19:00

Autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 29/11/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 16:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

1st Thursday in October (03/10/2024) 13:00 - 19:00

Austrian National Day 2024 (26/10/2024) closed

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) 10:00 - 16:00

1st Thursday in November (07/11/2024) 13:00 - 19:00

Admission

on request

More information

After the reconstruction works, visits and guided tours have been offered again since the June 3, 2024 (during the week all year round on request by calling +43 681 10789805 or 664 4353679).

From June 6, 2024, on, every 1st Thursday of the month a guided tour to the current exhibition is organised at 5.30 pm: On this day, the museum is accessible from 1 pm to 7 pm.

The Guild Museum Bichlbach stays open all year round, closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

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