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

  • Mon 30 Jan closed
  • Tue 31 Jan 14:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 01 Feb 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 02 Feb 14:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 03 Feb 14:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 04 Feb closed
  • Sun 05 Feb closed

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Winter 2022/23 (11/15/2022 - 04/14/2023)

  • 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

Immaculate Conception 2022 (12/08/2022) closed

Christmas' Eve 2022 (12/24/2022) closed

Christmas 2022 (12/25/2022) closed

Boxing Day 2022 (12/26/2022) closed

New Year's Eve 2022 (12/31/2022) closed

New Year 2023 (01/01/2023) closed

Epiphany 2023 (01/06/2023) closed

Easter 2023 (04/09/2023) closed

Easter Monday 2023 (04/10/2023) closed


free admission

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The Typewriter Museum Wattens stays open all year round, closed on public holidays.

Guided tours for groups on request also outside the opening hours. The museum is barrier-free.

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