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

  • Thu 28 Sep 14:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 29 Sep 14:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 30 Sep closed
  • Sun 01 Oct closed
  • Mon 02 Oct closed
  • Tue 03 Oct 14:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 04 Oct 09:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00

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Summer 2023 (04/07/2023 - 16/08/2023)

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

Feast of the Assumption 2023 (15/08/2023) closed

Autumn 2023 (17/08/2023 - 30/11/2023)

  • 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

Austrian National Day 2023 (26/10/2023) closed

All Saints 2023 (01/11/2023) closed


free admission

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

The Typewriter Museum Wattens stays open all year round, in summer till August 16, 2023, reduced opening hours (only Thursday afternoon). Closed at the weekends and on public holidays.

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