Grabinschrift
Grabinschrift

Tyrolean Cemetery Museum

The quirkiest museum of Tyrol is the “Jolly Cemetery without any dead persons” with epitaphs from the entire Alpine region

Can a cemetery be funny? This question is answered by the Cemetery Museum (Museumsfriedhof Tirol), an open-air museum with a collection of witty epitaphs and beautiful wrought-iron grave crosses. Due to the fact that former life was very hard and death was a common companion, ironic and funny epitaphs were written, to handle the destiny in a special way.

These epitaphs were done by the local decorative painters, called "Tuifelemaler" ("Tuifel" = dialect for "devil"). The metalsmith and stone carver Hans Guggenberger from Kramsach founded the museum in 1965/66 after decades of collection activities in North Tyrol, South Tyrol, Salzburg and Bavaria. So the "Jolly Cemetery without any dead persons" accrued: 60 funny epitaphs and crave crosses from the 18th and 19th century can be admired, but nobody has been buried here. Today, more than 200,000 people visit the Kramsach Cemetery Museum every year.

The gravestones are elaborately kept and restored by the Tyrolean Museum Cemetery Association every year, a new are has been added in 2022. There is another "Jolly Cemetery" in Sapanta in Romania, the "Cimitirul Vesel". It is historically documented that the use of bizarre epitaphs startet to spread in the 17th century from England to the mainland, and then to America and Australia.

Contact info

Opening times

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

Despite careful control we cannot guarantee the correctness of the provided data.

Full timetables
Despite careful control we cannot guarantee the correctness of the provided data.

Spring 2024 (01/05/2024 - 07/06/2024)

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

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 09:00 - 17:00

Ascension Day 2024 (09/05/2024) 09:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 09:00 - 17:00

Corpus Christi 2024 (30/05/2024) 09:00 - 17:00

Summer 2024 (10/06/2024 - 06/09/2024)

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

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 09:00 - 17:00

Autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 20/12/2024)

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

Austrian National Day 2024 (26/10/2024) closed

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) 09:00 - 17:00

Immaculate Conception 2024 (08/12/2024) closed

Winter closure 2024 (21/12/2024 - 30/04/2025)

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

Admission

€ 4.00 per person

More information

The Cemetery Museum stays open every year from early May to mid-December, new in 2024 is the exhibition "Tyrol's contribution to aerospace". Toilet facilities available. Dogs allowed on a leash.

Season start 2024 on the 1st of May.

Suggest an edit/correction

Our editorial staff is always committed to ensuring the highest quality and accuracy of the information we publish. If you have suggestions to improve this page you can send them to us using the form below. Thank you in advance!

Close

Suggested accommodation

Tips and more infos