Geology and woodcarving, artistic traditions and Luis Trenker: the Museum Gherdëina in the center of Ortisei exhibits valuable collections related to the cultural and natural history of Val Gardena.
A special attraction at Christmas time are the historical Val Gardena crib figures and Christmas cribs of the 19th and 20th centuries, from the magnificent baroque crib from St. Jacob's Church to the wing altar crib with the Nativity scene made by the sculptor Luis Insam.
Guided tours in Italian, German, English on request.
Winter opening hours:
06.12 to 31.03.23 Tue to Fri 2p.m. to 6p.m.
Summer opening hours:
26.12.23 to 07.01.24 daily 2 p.m. to 6 p.m
closed 24.+25.+31.12.23, 01.01.24
Visits by appointment also outside the opening hours.
At the ART52 permanent exhibition of the artistic handcraft in Gardena Valley at the Cultural Center “Luis Trenker” visitors can admire woodcarvings of our best artists and artisans. In Gardena Valley woodcarving, painting and gilding are crafts with a long famous tradition. The beginning of Gardena’s artistic woodcarving dates back to the middle of the 17th century. Since then woodcarving became the most important economic activity in the valley, getting well known all over the world through its unique masterpieces and original products. The permanent exhibition ART52 of Gardenese arts and crafts shows hand carved work of individually working sculptors as well as products of large organized workshops.
Cultural Center “Luis Trenker”
Daily: 09.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Val Gardena is famous for its magnificent wooden sculptures, and its pride and joy are the traditional nativity scenes which pop up during the Christmas period. A beloved ritual among the locals, the figurine of Baby Jesus is placed in the manger only on Christmas Eve, while the figurines of the Three Wise Men are added on January 6. The nativity scenes are taken down only at the end of the Christmas season.
Nativity scene 2023/24:
Casa della cultura „Luis Trenker“:
Daily 10.00 - 12.30 & 16.00 - 19.00
Museum Heide (Pontives):
Mo. - Fr. 10.00 - 12.00 & 14.00 - 17.00