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by Sabine Lagios
Kineta, Attica, Greece
August 14, 2010
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
October 17, 2004
The Folk Museum consists of three floors filled with furniture, carvings, tools, household items, costumes, models of Tyrol houses and more. All areas of the region are represented with specific costumes and living structures. I learned that families in the west and south areas of the Tyrol built separate living quarters and stables whereas the north and east areas built one large structure which was a combination living area and stable.
One of the most colourful exhibits featured masks, elaborate head dresses and dance costumes of the region. Another room was filled with Groden Valley wood carvings, hand carved walking sticks and intricately carved chess pieces. By far the biggest exhibit was the whole third floor where room after room after room was filled with one of a kind carved and painted wooden furniture, some dating from the 16th century.
The museum depicted all areas of rural life with samples of farm tools, household items like weaving looms, butter churns, kitchen utensils and tableware from early wooden dishes to later day earthenware and pewter. There were a couple of very authentic life size room models with thick heavy beams, low doors and plank floors. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 and from 9 to noon Sundays & holidays.
Next door is the Crèches museum with hand made crèches dating from 1700s to 1900s. Since 1608 when a crèche was brought to the Innsbruck Jesuit Church, the crib or crèche has symbolized the traditional Tyrolean Christmas. Johann Giner, Sr. of Thaur (1756-1833) was the most famous crèche maker and became a role model for future generations of wood carvers although crèches can also be made from wax, clay or cardboard and all mediums are represented in the museum. After the huge Folk Museum, the Crèche Museum seems quite small with just a few rooms but the displays are no less impressive.
Admission to the Folk Museum is €5, €6.50 with Hofkirche admission and the Crèche Museum is an additional €2. All museums are free with the Innsbruck card which costs € 21 for a one day pass that allows free admission into many of Innsbruck’s more popular sights.
From journal Traipsing through the Tyrol