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.
Rinaldo Zardini was born in Cortina in 1902 and he gave a great contribution to Natural science...Continue
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The museum is open from 23 June to 8 October 2023
JUNE, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER: 15.00-19.00 from Tuesday to Sunday.
JULY, AUGUST: 10.30-12.30 and 15.00-19.00 from Tuesday to Sunday, August every day
Museo Paleontologico Rinaldo Zardini
Via Marangoi, 1
I-32043 Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL)
T. +39 0436 875502 / 0436 2206
Ticket for Ethnographic and paleontological Museums
Single ticket 8,00 €
Children under 10 free
Discounted ticket 5,00 €
Family ticket 2 adults + children under 18 15,00 €
Guided tour for school classes per person 3,00 €
Guided tour (from 15 people upwards) for the group 50,00 € + ticket
Ticket for three Museums of Regole d’Ampezzo
Single ticket 12,00 €
Discounted ticket 8,00 €