The Tyrolean Cultural Museum was founded in 1823 and consists of a group of museums set up to showcase Tyrolean culture; it includes the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, the Zeughaus (Armory), the Volkskunstmuseum (Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art), and the Hofkirche (Court Church).
The Ferdinandeum offers a journey through 30,000 years of art and history; major draws include a collection of major Dutch paintings by Brueghel and Rembrandt, an exhibition of Biedermeier furniture, and masterpieces from Klimt and Kokoschka. The Hofkirche, containing the flamboyant German Renaissance tomb of Maximilian I plus his 28 marble guards, is accessible through the museum.
The Zeughaus is found in the 16th-century former weapons depot of Emperor Maximilian I; today it offers an insight into the cultural history of Tyrol, looking at how the region has been affected by local silver and salt mining, both World Wars, and the advent of mass tourism. Tyrolean customs and festivals are showcased at the Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art), and the Tyrol Panorama at the Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium is now also under the auspices of the Tiroler Landesmuseum.
The Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (Museum of Folk Art), and Hofkirche are in Innsbruck’s Altstadt (Old Town), a few minutes’ walk from Innsbruck’s main parking garages. The Hofkirche (Court Church) can be accessed through the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum.
The Zeughaus is a ten-minute walk along Dreiheiligenstrasse from the Volkskunstmuseum, while the Tyrol Panorama is at Bergisel, a 20-minute walk from the center of Innsbruck or five minutes on Tram No 1.
Multi-language guided tours of all the group’s museums are available, with a bus connection between them all. Admission is free with the Innsbruck Card, which permits discounted entry to the major Innsbruck museums and galleries. The Volkskunstmuseum is open daily, as is the Hofkirche, which is closed for services on Sunday morning; the Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum and Zeughaus are both closed Monday.