The former Institute of Anatomy in Innsbruck houses an impressive collection of skeletons and skulls.
Something that fascinates all people is located in the former Institute of Anatomy, today the Medical University, in Innsbruck: human specimens in the form of entire skeletons, skulls, skeletons of vertebrates and various models. Aquarelles and oil paintings of Franz Batke illustrate the building of the skeletons. The collection includes also old anatomical tools.
The dry specimens of Ferdinand Hochstetter (1896-1908), whose preparation is being explored in these years and the skull collection which includes more than 1,000 specimens are really particularities of the museum. This collection also includes the artfully painted ossuary skulls which are from various mountain regions of Austria, mainly from Hallstatt in Upper Austria and the Paznauntal valley (Tyrol). A particular skeleton is the one of the giant Nikolaus Haidl. It was found in 1866 in a crypt of the St Jacob Cathedral and is characterized by its size. The hand and foot skeletons, some cervical vertebras, the first two ribs and the breast bone were missing.
Today it is known, that Nikolaus Haidl protected Archduke Sigmund in the 15th century and had a height of 2.25 metres. The average was a height of 1.65 metres at that time. The University of Innsbruck was already founded in 1672 under Emperor Leopold I., therefore it was named "Leopold Franzens University" until 2003. Between 1887 and 1889 the Institute of Anatomy was arranged. By the way: Did you know, that in the Institute of Anatomy in Innsbruck also Oetzi, the world renowned Ice Man, was studied for seven years (1991-1998)?