The Local Museum of Matrei in East Tyrol offers culture-historical objects and a large collection of minerals.
Image gallery: Local Museum “Medaria” Matrei in Osttirol
The Local Museum Matrei in Osttirol tells the story of Matrei, its surroundings and its inhabitants in the course of time. So it gives an extensive insight into life in this part of East Tyrol, characterised by a hard everyday life and ancient customs and traditions. Until 2020, the museum was housed at the local town hall at the Rauterplatz square, in the heart of Matrei.
The collection by the local history association "Medaria" offers folk art, flags and masks, rare coins and excavation finds of Matrei and its surroundings. In addition farming tools, wrought ironwork and household tools can be admired. Two particularities are the large collection of minerals with the 350 kg heavy berg crystal, and the last brown bear of Tyrol, which was shot in the wild in 1971.
The devotional objects of the collection at the Local Museum (Heimatmuseum Matrei), however, tell about the deep belief of the people. Also the three beautiful churches of the municipality give insight into the religious life of Matrei: the Matrei Parish Church, the Romanesque St. Nicholas Church, and the exceptional Rock Chapel in the Gschlösstal valley.
In 2021, a new concept for the museum and the design of the outdoor area around St. Nicholas will be developed - in the meantime, the local history museum will remain closed.