schreibmaschinenmuseum
schreibmaschinenmuseum

Typewriter Museum Wattens

The barrier-free Typewriter Museum tells about the development of the typewriter and of writing

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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Opening times

  • Sun 21 Apr closed
  • Mon 22 Apr closed
  • Tue 23 Apr 14:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 24 Apr 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 25 Apr 14:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 26 Apr 14:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 27 Apr closed

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Winter 2024 (09/01/2024 - 22/03/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 14:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 14:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 14:00 - 17:00
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Spring 2024 (26/03/2024 - 31/05/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 14:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 14:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 14:00 - 17:00
  • 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) closed

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) closed

Corpus Christi 2024 (30/05/2024) closed

Admission

free admission

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For groups accessible also outside the opening hours (on request). The Typewriter Museum Wattens stays open all year round, closed on public holidays. The museum is barrier-free.

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