The Kirchenwirt tavern in Absam houses a little museum which tells about Jakob Stainer, the “Father of the German Violin”.
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Besides the Carnival Museum Absam, which is dedicated to the local Carnival tradition of the Matschgerer, Absam offers also another interesting museum: the Local Museum Absam, located in the ancient walls of the Kirchenwirt tavern in the centre of the pilgrimage site.
The museum is mostly dedicated to the famous violin maker Jakob Stainer (1619-1683). The son of a miner lived and worked in Absam, his violins have been highly esteemed by enthusiasts, musicians and museums worldwide. Stainer received his education in Italy, probably in Venice. In our days only very few of his violins still exist, so it is really exceptional, that this little museum exhibits one of his self-built exemplars.
The Local Museum Absam tells also about the living and social conditions in the area, for instance about the work in the salt mountain of Absam in the 19th century. Additionally special exhibitions take place regularly, as well as installations or readings. Popular are the special guided tours: the topic of the guided tour (30 minutes) is determined through dice...