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The Museum of Engadine Culture was built in 1906, on the initiative of Riet Campell, a passionate collector. It looks at first glance like an age-old Engadine house. The outside has all the typical features: the sgraffito-style door and window frames, the Romansh inscriptions, and the traditional oriel window. In fact, the house is little more than a hundred years old and was constructed as a museum by the famous architect Nicolas Hartman Junior of St. Moritz. The paneled living rooms, or stoves as they are known locally, have come from farmhouses and village houses in the Engadine and surrounding valleys. They give you a wonderful insight into the lifestyles of affluent local families over the last five centuries. It definitely there are many things to do at Engadiner Museum!
Visiting Engadiner Museum and Things to Do in here!
The centerpiece of our museum with its 21 exhibition rooms are the historical interiors dating from five different centuries: wood-paneled living rooms or “stüvas” from the Engadine and surrounding areas, a magnificent room from the Valtellina region, an impressive kitchen and a bedroom. It's around all these that the museum was originally built. And these wonderfully atmospheric rooms bear their own vivid testimony to times and worlds gone by. You'll also find full details about each room on our tablet e-guide, which is included in the admission price.
The museum also exhibits selected items from Riet Campell's outstanding collection, all intriguingly presented in the display collections. The museum's first such collection is focused on chests, caskets and other containers of all shapes and sizes, along with the pick of our clocks.
Animal motifs often feature in coats of arms. In the exhibition, the museum have four examples of this, on three stable chairs and a chest. The animals here generally symbolize virtues such as courage or strength. The first coats of arms were created during the Crusades and were borne on the knights' shields. Some of the coats of arms of families from the Grisons were issued in connection with their elevation to the aristocracy by European royal houses. Heraldry — the study of coats of arms — is a complex field whose further presentation would go beyond the bounds of the present exhibition. In addition to these furniture pieces, the exhibition presents a number of further animal-related items, from the head of a deer to a trap for a bear. In fact, the animal theme is found in some form or another in almost every room of the museum. So do explore the rest of the house, too, and discover the snake-motif stable chairs or the richly-decorated snake-shaped shepherd's crook.
How to Get Tickets?
You can buy the tickets offline in opening hours. Get your tickets easily at the tickets officer. Admission prices included with the e-guide of the museum. Children under 16 years old are free entrance.
How To Get Around?
When entering the museum, you can walk while listening to a guide who is explaining the history of the musuem or object in the musuem.
What Should I Wear?
You can use casual clothes while visiting the museum. Also, make sure the shoes that you use do not interface with your tour while exploring the museum. Also, adjust to the current season.
Best Time to Visit
Summer and Winter are the best time to visit the museum. In summer you can visit the museum on 20 May to 20 October. Daily except Tuesdays from 10:00 to 18:00. Open Thursday until 20:00. While in winter you can visit on 1 December to 20 April. Daily except Tuesdays from 14:00 to 18:00. Open Thursday until 20:00. The museum closed in Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Will I Need a Guide?
A guided is needed during your tour. When you buy your tickets, the tickets officer will give you an explanation first and then all of the administration is done.
How To Get There?
If you want to go to the Engadiner Museum, you can use public transportation. By bus No. 3 from St. Moritz railway station, bus No. 6 from St. Moritz Dorf, Schulhausplatz. The nearest bus stops: St. Moritz, Caspar Badrutt or St. Moritz Bad, via Aruons. Actually, the museum does not have its own car park, so please use the public street parking spaces or a car park in the vicinity. It is a suggestion for you if you get to the museum by car. For those with difficulty walking: there is an inclined lift up to the museum from the street, where vehicle drop-off is available. Please use the intercom to contact reception, and then park the car elsewhere. Please also contact the museum team ahead of your visit, so we can provide you with further accessibility details.
For the visually or hearing impaired: additional facilities are available in the e-guide, which is included in the admission price. Touching objects in a museum is strictly prohibited!