schreibmaschinenmuseum frolio wattens
schreibmaschinenmuseum frolio wattens

Typewriter Museum Wattens

The modern typewriter museum tells about the development of the typewriter and 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). The museum 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 "Verein der Pädagoginnen und Pädagogen der Informationstechnologie (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 (Italy), a 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. The museum is barrier-free. 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

  • Tue 24 Nov closed
  • Wed 25 Nov closed
  • Thu 26 Nov closed
  • Fri 27 Nov closed
  • Sat 28 Nov closed
  • Sun 29 Nov closed
  • Mon 30 Nov closed

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COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Closure (11/02/2020 - 12/06/2020)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

General opening hours

  • 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

15th August (08/15/2020) closed

National holiday (10/26/2020) closed

All Saints (11/01/2020) closed

8th December (12/08/2020) closed

Christmas Eve (12/24/2020) 14:00 - 17:00

Christmas (12/25/2020) closed

New Year's Eve (12/31/2020) 14:00 - 17:00

New Year (01/01/2021) closed

Easter (04/04/2021) closed

Easter Monday (04/05/2021) closed


free admission

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Thursdays guided evening tour (reservation needed).

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