Lumen: an interactive photography museum focussing on adventure and mountains

As a photographer, I am always excited when I see there is a great photography museum nearby. With Lumen, that was no different. A museum on top of a mountain that discusses the topic of, yes you guessed it, mountain photography.

With the funicular, I traveled to the top of Kronplatz. A famous ski resort in the winter but also a beautiful location to visit during the summer. There are some nice museums, good restaurants, and a big swing for the daredevils.

About Lumen: Museum for Mountain Photography

Lumen museum on kronplatz
The Lumen Museum on top of Kronplatz in South Tyrol

Hanging over the mountain at 2275 meters high, you can find Lumen. The mountain photography museum is located in the old funicular station.

Spread over four floors, the museum showcases the best of mountain photography. From the very start of photography until today. It’s not just landscapes, as you might think. The topics range from politics, religion, and sports. It’s also about the mountains all over the world.

The collections are also made possible by some prestigious organizations such as the Tyrolean Archive of Photographic Documentation, DURST, and National Geographic.

Visiting Lumen

Mirror selfie

Upon your arrival, I recommend taking the elevator straight to the top. There you can start with a bit of an introduction to photography and its history before diving into the real stuff.

Also, the elevator is already a masterpiece in itself. Looking through the window, you will see a large room with a photo of the mountains. Starting in the valley on the first floor and going all the way to the peaks on the third floor.

The opening hours of Lumen

The museum is open every day, even on public holidays, from 10 am to 4 pm. The last admission is at 15:30 pm, which gives you plenty of time to catch the last cable car down at 5 pm.

The ticket prices are at 17 euros for an adult, 12 euros for students, juniors (17-25 years), and elders (+65). 

Some highlights at Lumen Museum

A large aperture window that closes like a camera aperture. (Now open, obviously)

At the museum, there is a lot to see and discover. Some of my favorites are the huge aperture window that opens and shuts like a real camera aperture. 

The is a cool Red Bull room with photos from an adventure and action sports photography contest they hosted. 

There is a stand with VR glasses that allow you to see different panoramas and even fly over the mountains with a helicopter.

There are different interactive ways to see photographs. Like climbing ropes you can control, video screens that allow you to travel in time on photographs, and so much more.

Another cool thing is the Mirror Room. Where the ceiling, walls, and floor are all made of windows. Which is awesome for making cool selfies. 😉

Combine your visit with lunch at AlpiNN

AlpiNN restaurant

The restaurant AlpiNN is connected directly to the Lumen Museum. It’s open at more or less the same hours: Monday to Sunday from 9:30 am – 4.30 pm.

Looking through the huge windows of the restaurant, you can see the mountains around you and the valley below you. 

The food and waiting staff are exceptionally good! However, it is recommended to book well in advance.

Ready to go outdoor exploring in the indoor comfort of Lumen? 

Disclaimer: This article is the result of a press trip by Glenaki and IDM

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