Museum GherdëinaThe Gherdeina Local Heritage Museum is situated right in the center of Ortisei and exhibits valuable collections related to the cultural and natural history of the Gardena Valley: precious sculptures and paintings of local artists of the last four centuries and a unique collection of ancient wooden toys of the area, spectacular minerals and fossils of plants and marine creatures testitying to the fascinating evolution and creation of the Dolomites as extensive coral reefs over 200 million years ago, as well as remarkable archaeological finds of the oldest human traces of the area.
Two very extraordinary exhibits are the richly illuminated Lenten cloth of the Saint James’ Church above Ortisei (1620) and the very impressive original cruzifix of Seurasas (1932).
The multimedial exhibition "Bierjun 1490. A Secret Passion" shows the tiny bedchamber room from the Bierjun farmhouse near Ortisei with very rare drawings from the Late Middle Ages. The delicate drawings on the wooden walls are shown through a "digital window".
The Museum Gherdëina also houses the Archive and permanent exhibition of Luis Trenker (1892-1990), actor and director of many mountain films.
Summer17.5–15.10: Mo–Fr 10–12.30, 2–6 pm
1.7–31.08: Mo–Sa 10–6 pm
Winter4.12–31.3: Tu–Fr 10–12.30, 2–6 pm
4–8.12, 26.12–6.1: daily 10–12, 2–6 pm
closed: 25.12, 31.12, 1.1
Marine vertebrates from South China Triassic rocks
Opening: Monday, 27 June 8.30 p.m.
Exhibition duration: 28 June – 27 July 2016
Geological excursions: 6.07., 20.07, 27.07.2016
The rocks of Southern China yield astonishingly abundant reptile and fish fossil faunas, whose preservation is mostly remarkable.
Now for the first time in the western world we have the opportunity to admire some of these Chinese fossils, collected in the area of Xingyi. The time they lived in, the Lower/Middle Triassic (252-237 my ago), is crucial to the Mesozoic evolution of marine reptiles and fishes.
It is no coincidence this exhibition of Chinese fossils in held here in Ortisei: although quite scanty, the Permo-Triassic vertebrate fossils found in the Dolomites are of great importance. The idea is to compare the amazingly rich Chinese fossil-bearing levels with the few but very interesting specimens collected during the last 60 years in the area between the Gardena valley and the Bletterbach.
The paleontological section of the Museum Gherdëina in Ortisei shows not only the Ichtyiosaurus of the Seceda bat also some of the oldest remains of those Triassic fish taxa that later in the Triassic spread across most of the world. Particularly valuable are the Bobasatrania dental plates and the Archaeolepidotus specimen. This latter fish is the oldest ancestor of Asialepidotus, represented by some beautiful fossils in the Chinese exhibition.