The Local Heritage Museum close to Längenfeld provides interesting information about farmers’ lives in the valley.
Image gallery: Local Heritage Museum Oetztal valley
At Lehn in Längenfeld, you can revive ancient periods: the Local Heritage Museum Oetztal valley (Ötztaler Heimat- und Freilichtmuseum) that has been established in this place takes you on a time journey. Exhibited are not only items of daily use up to the 1950s, but it also illustrates farmer's work and their way of life in the Oetztal valley, and therefore becomes a peasant-social museum.
The "Ötztaler Heimatverein", founded in 1965, is the supporting association of the Local Heritage Museum of the Oetztal valley. The centre of the museum is represented by a so-called Paarhof farm, the most widely-spread type of farmstead in the Oetztal valley, with its granary and agricultural devices that are driven by the power of water. Next to the Paarhof farm, there is a log house dating back to the mid 17th century, a sawmill and stock-mill of 1700, as well as a swinging hut, in which once upon a time flax was elaborated. By the way: did you know that the dialect that is spoken in the Oetztal valley is registered as immaterial cultural heritage in Austria?
In 2005, the "Schiedlas Haus", a facility under protection of building groups, could be purchased. Late-Gothic elements were laid open when it was restored and adapted to the project "Oetztal's Memory Archives". On three floors you can discover different areals. There are also changing exhibitions and events taking place in the attic of the museum. In 2014, the ICOM (International Council of Museums) has awarded the Oetztal folklore and outdoor museum the seal of quality for museums. The museum is one of the 9 power places of the Längenfeld Source of Strength!
admission fee freely selectable in 2020
€ 50.00 guided tour (up to 9 persons)
Groups on request also outside the opening hours.