The barrier-free Typewriter Museum tells about the development of the typewriter and of writing.
Image gallery: Typewriter Museum Wattens
More than 500 restored and fully operative typewriters of the collection of the business machines mechanic Jörg Thien are shown in the Typewriter Museum Wattens (Schreibmaschinen-Museum Wattens). It consecrates to this machine, the writing and the text layout, and offers deep insights into the art of writing. The museum was realized in 2002 by the Association of Information Technology Pedagogues (vpi) with support of the municipality of Wattens.
The typewriters which are exhibited in three showcases are partly true rarities and date back to 1884. Also the wooden typewriter from 1868 of Peter Mitterhofer can be admired: The South Tyrolean is regarded as the inventor of the typewriter. In his home village Parcines near Merano in South Tyrol, another Typewriter Museum is dedicated to him. Also electronic typewriters of today, special machines like a Braille typewriter, teletypewriters and scramblers are exhibited.
Once a year, mostly as part of the "Long Night of Museums", a special exhibition with current exhibits takes place. By the way, the last typewriter was produced in 2011, when the last factory for mechanical typewriters in India closed its doors...
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Thursdays guided evening tour (reservation needed). Guided tours for groups on request also outside the opening hours. Closed at the weekends and on public holidays.