Laboratory of Stories
The Laboratory Stories is the new digital space of the Museums of the Dolomites with more than 2000 multimedia contributions co-created by museum operators, curators, residents and enthusiasts of the nature, culture and history of this priceless UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Steep slopes sharpen the wit! Discover the solutions adopted over the centuries by mountain peoples to make themselves at home in this steep, rugged terrain.
Hands in stone
Hard and brittle, ancient and always in motion, rock is the raw material of the Dolomites landscape. It’s home, it’s a fossil, it’s a wall to climb… it’s a treasure trove of stories to discover.
Shaping, creating, living
Rock has no life of its own, but it has memory; it stores the history of architecture, domestic life, craftsmanship and contemporary art. Discover the many meanings it has garnered in the Dolomites, how men and women have shaped it and have, in turn, been shaped by it.Find out more
Voices of the mountain
Close your eyes and listen to the voices of the Dolomites. Some are barely audible: the creaking of ice, the chirping of insects, the whispers of trees. Others are loud and recognisable: the bleating of deer, the roaring of streams and the whistling of marmots.
Hiking in the mountains
Some sounds are barely audible: the creaking of ice as it thaws, the chirping or buzzing of insects and the whispers of trees. Others are loud and recognisable: the bleating of deer, the roaring of streams and the whistling of marmots. Close your eyes, and get ready to listen to the voices of the Dolomites!Find out more
In front of the hearth
The voices of the mountain are dialects, songs, proverbs, nursery rhymes and stories for children to share in front of the hearth. Today, this immense heritage of sound can be shared with the whole world. Sit back and listen to the stories the Museums have collected for you: Once upon a time…Find out more
Landscape of life
They were once atolls surrounded by a tropical sea; then, they became mountains. Finally came human settlement shaped by countless generations benefitting from alpine resources while preserving them for the future. Find out how
Women’s roles in the Dolomites have always been essential and varied – from supporting the family to discovering the summits, guided by a curiosity that seeks new answers for the present as well as the future.
Between family and work
These are the stories of war refugees, Carnic carriers [women who carried supplies to the Alpine soldiers], nursemaids and “Sedonere”. They are our grandmothers, our mothers, and our aunts. This gallery collects their stories of strength, independence, courage and kindness.Find out more
A journey through the centuries and into the present: religious practices, festivals, myths and historical events that compose the Dolomites imagery and change perceptions of the mountains while continuing to evolve through art, memory and interpretation.
Between the sacred and profane
Rituals transform places and are transformed by them in turn. They accumulate like layers of paint on the psyche and in the imagination. They even continue to act on the psyche long after they have been forgotten, spanning the spectrum from sacred sources to the ritual ‘sacrifices’ of the holidays as a tapestry that unravels through time and space.Find out more
Beyond the pass
Beyond the peaks, pastures and pinnacles stretch new valleys and cultures. The passes are the key to discovering them, and this is their story in the Dolomites.
No matter how high and rocky the Dolomites, men and women have always found a way to get across them. The history of travelling through the mountains is made up of many stories; with great events, social changes, historic and modern tourism, and small everyday dealings all connecting and overlapping in a seamless way.Find out more
A shop on your back
The passes were through-routes for many tireless peddlers with their shops on their backs! Chair-makers, shoemakers, knife-sharpeners, umbrella-makers, chimney sweeps, cobblers, sellers of popular prints, masons, painters and decorators: explore their stories by clicking on the photos!Find out more
Sport is one of the innovations that has changed the history of the mountains. Now, the economy of entire Dolomite valleys depends on it. It’s a social phenomenon that combines passion, health and many stories about small, large and very large businesses.
Sport and the land
The Winter Olympics, the World Ski Championships, the World Cup, the Marcialonga, the Dobbiaco-Cortina, and the Giro d’Italia. What does the athletic Hero’s Journey look like in the Dolomites? In what spirit did people compete? What type of future have sporting events opened up?Find out more
The mountains are a place of trails and of stories. Even when we walk along the same trail, our experiences are different each time, coloured by words or silences, the stories of those who have passed by before and by timeless legends.
The Dolomites at a slow pace
You’re going to want to travel at a slower pace in the Dolomites, letting yourself be inebriated by the smells, sounds and colours of the panoramas… and the emotions too! This ever-evolving gallery is dedicated to you, your memories and what the ‘mountains’ mean to you.Find out more
My Dolomites home
A place for new arrivals and those who return time and again, they can welcome both old and new inhabitants. Let’s start with the stories of people who left the Dolomites to emigrate elsewhere and then come to those who decided to stay or return to their Dolomites.
How many eras have there been in the mountains? There was the era of the trails, the era of grass growing in the high-altitude pastures and the eras of ancient crafts, geological time and music. Which era belongs to you? Stop in to find out.
Time and ways to measure it
Every person has their pace. And it’s not always the same. Even in the Dolomites, time varies depending on whether you measure it with the sun, water, mechanical gears or super-fast digital devices. And you? What is your pace like when you cross the Dolomites?Find out more