The museum, visible already from the motorway, represents an architectural highlight.
It is easy to reach, with a bus parking lot directly on site. The ski jump close by can be visited with a combination ticket together with the Tirol Panorama museum. In this way, you can ideally combine two main attractions of the city of Innsbruck in sports and culture. The Bergisel ski jump and the park with its statue of Andreas Hofer offer nature and recreation.
The fabled myth of Tyrol is being analysed from various points of view in the new Tirol Panorama museum which opened in March 2011 and provides comprehensive insight into this exciting and complex topic. The giant round painting depicts the Tyrolean fight for liberty in fascinating and breath-taking 360-degree images on 1,000 square meters. The painting, created in 1896, documents all facets that constitute the myth of Tyrol. It shows landscapes and people, the irrepressive drive for freedom and the fight that broke out as a consequence, as well as the strong connection to religion and God. Visitors of the Tirol Panorama fall under the spell of this fantastic painting and experience the Tyrolean freedom fight first hand and the time in which it took place.
“A museum within the museum” is the museum of the Imperial Hunter Regiments within the total scope of the Tirol Panorama. Documenting the military history of Tyrol in the 18th and 19th century ties the historical collection of the museum directly to the drama at the Bergisel. The existing collection of the Imprial Hunter museum therefore remains untouched to a large extent. The house was carefully modernized. The museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Hunters reflects the development of the old Austrian military and the hunter regiments in the 19th century from the view of a fighting unit. Apart from regiment life and military deployment, outstanding personalities of that time are being presented.
The museum of the Imperial Hunter Regiments is now connected with the Tirol Panorama museum through an underground passage. This linking section houses at the same time the large permanent exhibition “Tyrol Arena” covering the topics of religion, nature, politics and people and thus offers a holistic insight into the myth of Tyrol.
Tyrol in all its facets
Religion has always played an important role in Tyrol. The “Holy Land of Tyrol” stands for piety, superstition and religious diplomacy. The exhibition shows objects representing the embodiment of the holy, as well as magic non-Christian elements, such as instruments for domestic religious purposes and the public cultus.
Under the slogan “Land in the mountains” or “The force of gravity of the mountains” the subject of nature is analysed. The history of Tyrol is inseparably affiliated with this topic. Mountains are part of the Tyrolean identity as well. The conquest of nature begins with the settlement and agricultural use of the territory. In the “Tyrol Arena” exhibition, visitors can therefore also expect models of charismatic summits, plants and animals. Science, technology, road and tunnel construction, alpinism, sports and transit all these aspects are taken up in this part of the exhibition.
Politics at the time of the freedom fights, with their bloody culmination in the Bergisel battles, is addressed within the scope of the “Tyrolean Freedom: Resistance and Evocation” exhibition. Anti-centralism and traditionalism are mainsprings of the rebellion of 1809. The exhibit document freedom, symbols of resistance, they are insignia of power and indicators of pride and stubbornness.
“About the Tyrolean People”: What is genuine and what is incorrect when it comes to Tyroleans as a people? Costumes, accoutrements, the typical and the trivial, souvenirs and kitsch as well as documents and memorabilia of well-known Tyroleans were collected for this part of the exhibition. They try to outline the difference between the real Tyrolean and fictitious foreign images, but also intend to show the interfaces between these two phenomena.
The Tyrolean state museums include altogether five houses: the Federal Museum of the Ferdinandeum, the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, the Hofkirche, the Arsenal and the Tyrol Panorama. A combination ticket for all houses is available.
More detailed information on prices and opening hours is available at: www.tiroler-landesmuseen.at