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

  • Fri 12 Apr closed
  • Sat 13 Apr closed
  • Sun 14 Apr closed
  • Mon 15 Apr closed
  • Tue 16 Apr closed
  • Wed 17 Apr closed
  • Thu 18 Apr 16:00 - 17:00

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Guided abbey tour with museum - winter 2024 (11/01/2024 - 21/03/2024)

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

Guided abbey tour with museum - spring 2024 (28/03/2024 - 30/05/2024)

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

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) closed

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) closed

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) closed

Ascension Day 2024 (09/05/2024) 16:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) closed

Corpus Christi 2024 (30/05/2024) 16:00 - 17:00

Admission

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 winter opening hours refer to the guided abbey tours which are offered every Thursday at 4 pm. Groups on request.

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: Without guide, the museum is accessible only from June to September, summer season start 2024 (with daily opening) on the 1st of June.

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