by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
May 31, 2004
The museum is well signed with information in German and English. Pictures, models and videos are used to explain how bells are made and provide history on bells and their uses. Bells were a large part of pagan rituals so needless to say, Christianity was not eager to promote them. It wasn’t until the 2nd century that they became an accepted part of the Christian religion. Irish and Scottish
monks brought bells to Europe in the 6th century and the popularity of bells increased
under Charlemagne’s promotion in the 9th century. Bells were used as a call to prayer, to announce midday breaks, and to signal events such as a death, an execution, fire and the date on which taxes were due to be paid. The largest bell in the world is located in Moscow and weighs 214 tons.
One of the most fun aspects of the museum was the opportunity to test tones of different bells and watch how water inside a large bell moves when the bell is struck. I visited too late in the day to actually watch a bell being cast however my visit to the museum was enjoyable, informative and something that I’d recommend for both children and adults.
The attached gift store sells Austrian souvenirs and bells of all sizes. Commemorative bells can also be made to order. The museum is open from 9 to 5 Monday to Friday and also on Saturday.
From journal Exploring Innsbruck