• A Walk through Time ... in search of lost landscapes

    A Walk through Time ... in search of lost landscapes



The "Rinaldo Zardini" Palaeontological Museum opened in August 1975.
Its glass showcases contain millions of years of history of life on earth. A history that can be imagined by strolling among the thousands of different shapes of marine life, petrified by time, that testify to the geological and morphological evolution of this area.

This is one of the largest collections of fossils in existence today: shells of marine invertebrates, corals, sponges and the fossils of numerous animals. The fine limestone silt that covered them, provided protection against external aggression - some have even preserved their original chemical structure.
The specimens collected by the Ampezzo researcher throughout the Dolomite area that surrounds Cortina were subsequently carefully catalogued. Each was named, with an indication of where it was found and other data.

Interest in the collection has gradually grown and experts from all over the world have visited the museum, created thanks to the enthusiasm of an amateur and which has stimulated widespread curiosity.
Over the years in fact, the collection has been extended by other researchers, who have brought to light new and precious specimens of fossils, including plants. These extremely interesting finds keep open the road to scientific knowledge.
The palaeontological museum thus comes increasingly nearer to completion, a living entity in continuous evolution.

About Rinaldo Zardini...

Rinaldo Zardini was born in Cortina in 1902 and he gave a great contribution to Natural science...


View of the Dolomite Mountains

From December 4th 2021 till April 18th 2022

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Geological history of the Dolomites

The Dolomite mountains surrounding Cortina are the result of the elevation and folding of large rock masses caused by tremendously powerful tectonic movements.

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Guided tour every Thursday

A wonderful opportunity to learn about the museum.

From August 6th, the GREEN PASS is necessary to enter into the museum.


The Museum is located at the Cultural Center Hall Alexander Girardi, in Marangoi 1 - loc. Pontechiesa in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Covid-19 Emergency - Methods and procedures for visiting the Museum.

From January 10th 2022, access to the museum will be granted to those showing a Reinforced Green Pass (vaccinated or healed from Covid-19). No form of Green Pass is required from children under the age of 12 or those with an official medical certificate.

- You need to show a digital or printed QR code from your green pass certification.

- The validity of the certification will be verified through the “verification c19 app”

- While waiting, remember to always keep at least a one meter distance from others.

- The green pass is not required for children under 12.

Behaviors to be respected:

  • Always maintain an interpersonal safety distance, with the exception of your family unit.
  • Wear the mask, not mandatory only for children up to 6 years.
  • Only 1 person can access the ticket office at a time; other visitors are asked to wait while maintaining a safe distance, according to the instructions provided by the reception staff.
  • Inside the museum, the visit can always be carried out along the path indicated by the signs and / or by the museum staff.
  • In the exhibition halls the usual prohibition on touching display cases, objects, works and surfaces remains.
  • The use of the lift is allowed for 1 person at a time.
  • The bookshop materials must not be touched; in case of need, it is possible to ask the staff and in any case only using special disposable gloves.
  • For the use of the toilets, the instructions displayed there must be respected.

We also remind you that inside the museum:

  • Sanitizing gels are available
  • Any brochures and / or other information material requested must be taken away by the visitor and not left at the museum.

Opening hours

Opening hours:

December 4th till December 12th 2021: 10.30-12.30 / 15.00-19.00

December 14th till December 19th 2021: 15.00-19.00 - 13th and 20th closed

December 21st 2021 till January 9th 2022: 10.30-12.30 / 15.00-19.00

January 11th till April 18th 2022: 15.00-19.00 - closed on Monday

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Tel. +39 0436 875502 / 0436 2206


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Ticket for 3 Museum of Regole: €12,00 full price, €8,00 reduced price

Ticket for Ethnographic and Palaeontological Museums: € 7,00 full price; € 5,00 reduced price

Cumulative family ticket (two adults + one or more children) for Ethnographic and Palaeontological  Museums: € 15,00

REDUCED PRICE TICKET PALEONTOLOGICAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUMS: senior visitors over 65 years; from 10 to 18 years; students with current student ID; residents in Cortina d’Ampezzo; members of ITALIAN TOURING CLUB, members of CAI; groups of 15 visitors; teachers; MAMBO (Bologna Museum of Modern Art); FAI

FREE: children under 10 years; severely disable (over 74% with certification) escort included; members of MUSEUM OF MODERN ART MARIO RIMOLDI; journalist with a valid Press Card; members of Regole d’Ampezzo; holders of CARTA GIOVANI DEL COMUNE DI CORTINA D’AMPEZZO; members of CAI CORTINA; members of: MART (Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto); CASA D’ARTE FUTURISTA DEPERO; MUSEO MORANDI; CASA MORANDI E MUSEO PER LA MEMORIA DI USTICA; PARCO(Pordenone Arte Contemporanea); FONDAZIONE PEGGY GUGGENHEIM VENEZIA; FONDAZIONE QUERINI STAMPALIA VENEZIA