Messner Mountain Museum
MMM – THE 15th 8000-METRE SUMMIT
The MMM Mountain Museum is a structured group of six museums created to tell the full story of alpinism, which began in 1786 with the ascent of Mont Blanc. The museums communicate the experiences, emotions and stories that together make up the history of mountaineering – and the heritage of the mountains.
Six locations – six exhibitions – six experiences
The Messner Mountain Museum project developed by Reinhold Messner comprises a structured group of six museums, with each museum devoted to a specific aspect of the overall theme, circling it like a satellite. At the heart of the project is the museum in Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen (MMM Firmian), which is devoted to the origins and shaping of the mountains and to mountain climbing. In Juval Castle (MMM Juval), his private castle in the Vinschgau region of South Tyrol, Reinhold Messner tells of the Holy Mountains. At Monte Rite (MMM Dolomites), south of Cortina, the focus is on rock climbing, while ice is the subject in Sulden at the foot of the Ortler (MMM Ortles). Bruneck Castle (MMM Ripa) in the Puster Valley is dedicated to the mountain peoples, and the sixth museum on Kronplatz (MMM Corones) presents traditional alpinism in the great walls of the world.
The Messner Mountain Museums are neither conventional art galleries nor natural history museums; they are a hybrid with an interdisciplinary orientation. Each of the museums occupies a unique location where the subject and the collection are linked to the architecture; the location, relics and works of art combine to form an interrelated whole.
The mountain heritage
With a central museum in Sigmundskron and five supporting museums devoted to individual themes, Reinhold Messner has created a mountain museum that is truly unique. He describes the project as his “15th 8000-metre summit” – and makes use of it to communicate to visitors his knowledge and experience and the stories that derive from man’s encounter with the mountains. Like a mosaic, MMM provides the visitor with a unique experience at the interface between nature and culture, a place where we can learn what the mountains really mean to us. Each of the museums can be enjoyed in its own right, with the location and the architecture incorporated into the specific subject. But it is as a whole that MMM becomes an incomparable place of encounter for everyone who sees the mountains as more than a climbing frame or a competitive sports arena.MMM Newsletter
MMM Corones, at over 2000 m above sea-level, is devoted to the supreme discipline of mountaineering – the Trad Adventure Alpinism on which Reinhold Messner has left his mark.
As the centrepiece of the Messner Mountain Museum, MMM Firmian in Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen addresses the subject of man’s encounter with the mountains.
The museum in Juval Castle is dedicated to the magic of the mountain and houses several fine art collections including Tibetica and a collection of masks from five continents.
The heritage of the mountains, which has ensured survival over the millennia for the people living high up on the brink of life, is the subject of MMM Ripa in Bruneck Castle.