This museum illustrates folk culture and tradition of the Zillertal valley and the history of the Christmas song “Silent Night”.
Image gallery: Local Museum Fügen
The museum of local history (Heimatmuseum in German) is allocated in the “Widumspfiste”, one of the oldest buildings of Fügen, first mentioned in 1150 AD. A visit in this museum can be compared with a travel through time across the Zillertal valley. This is where folklore and customs can be experienced very tight. On display is the history of the local associations and clubs, among them the traditional band, the Schützen and the firefighters, as well as old crafts such as cooper and hatter, and the history of the Tux-Zillertal cattle.
One corner of the Local Museum Fügen is completely dedicated to the music group “Zillertaler Nationalsänger”, who brought the Christmas song “Silent Night” to the world. Visitors can retrace how this song has been developed and spread. Moreover in the so called “Silent Night Corner” (Stille-Nacht-Ecke), there are original documents and photographs. Part of this special corner is dedicated to the organ builder Karl Mauracher, who brought the popular Christmas song from Oberndorf near Salzburg, where it was written and composed, to Fügen in the Zillertal valley.
Moreover the Local Museum Fügen provides information about the history of the Zillertal valley. Since 2005 in the basement there is an exhibition on mining, which illustrates the 600-year long mining history of the area. Furthermore, for 2018/2019 the special exhibition “200 years of Silent Night” in connection with the decentralised state exhibition in Salzburg, Tyrol, Upper Austria and Bavaria has been organized. In this area it has been divided between the Local Museum and the Baroque castle of Fügen. An interesting time travel you shouldn’t miss!
Where: in the “Widumspfiste” in Fügen, Zillertal valley
Characteristics: museum of local history of the Zillertal valley, “Silent Night Corner”
Further information: phone: +43 5288 62262, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: from July 2 to December 2019
from Tuesday to Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm
(except on bank holidays)