Stams Abbey Museum

The Stams Abbey with its beautiful abbey church and the new museum can be visited all year round

The Cistercian monastery of Stams (Lat. Abbatia B. M. V. et Sancti Ioannis Baptistae de Stams) was founded in the 13th century by the Counts of Gorizia-Tyrol, and was meant to become the grave-site of the Counts of Tyrol. Several years later, 12 monks and 5 co-religionists of the Kaisheim Monastery in Swabia settled the monastery. In the 19th and 20th century, it was dissolved twice...

The centre of the entire complex is the abbey church, which in 1984 was raised to a "Basilica Minor". Particularly impressive are the paintings in the vaults and on the murals, as well as the early Baroque high altar in the form of a Tree of Life. In the plain and simple library of the Stams Abbey 60,000 volumes, 379 incunabula, and 61 hand-writings are preserved. The most important document of this comprehensive collection is the foundation document of the Stams Abbey (Stift Stams), issued by Meinhard II in 1275. Furthermore you can visit the Bernardi Hall and the cloister.

A few years ago, the Abbey Museum was added: It shows sparkling items made of gold and silver, chasubles, furniture, paintings, and curiosities such as the Astronomic Table from 1425 AD and the pharmacy from the 18th century. The abbey runs also a distillery, in which since the 16th century schnapps have been distilled: The fruits for the production are cultivated in the own orchards.

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Opening times

  • Tue 03 Oct closed
  • Wed 04 Oct closed
  • Thu 05 Oct 16:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 06 Oct closed
  • Sat 07 Oct closed
  • Sun 08 Oct closed
  • Mon 09 Oct closed

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Museum - summer 2023 (01/07/2023 - 30/09/2023)

  • Mon 10:00 - 12:00 13:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 12:00 13:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 12:00 13:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 12:00 13:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 12:00 13:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 12:00 13:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 13:00 - 17:00

Feast of the Assumption 2023 (15/08/2023) 13:00 - 17:00

Guided abbey tour with museum - autumn 2023 (01/10/2023 - 26/11/2023)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu 16:00 - 17:00
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

All Saints 2023 (01/11/2023) closed


visit to the museum without tour (summer):
€ 8.00 adults
€ 6.00 seniors
€ 5.00 students
€ 5.00 people with disabilities

guided abbey tour with admission to the museum:
€ 13.50 adults
€ 11.00 groups
€ 11.00 seniors
€ 7.00 students
€ 7.00 people with disabilities

guided abbey tour without basilica (if closed):
€ 8.50 adults
€ 6.50 seniors
€ 5.50 students
€ 5.50 people with disabilities

More information

The opening hours refer to the Stams Abbey Museum which is accessible without guide from the 1st of June to September 30, 2023, outside of these times only during a guided abbey tour: The tours are offered from October 2023 on, every Thursday at 4 pm, groups on request.

The guided abbey tours take place also in summer: June to September from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 11 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm, on Sundays and public holidays from 1 pm to 4 pm.

The tickets are available at the shop in the orangery. Please ask in advance if the guided tour will take place (in case of events or church holidays). The Stams Abbey stays open all year round.

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