Innsbruck offers a rather extensive amount of museums to choose from, and one that I really liked was the Tiroler Volkskunstmuseen und Hofkirche (Tyrolean Folkart Museum and Court Church). Housed in the monastery adjoined to the church, I found moving from the folkart museum to the church a seamless transition – given that the last part of the museum speaks about the strong connection to the church of the people.
Meandering through 3 floors of history, I was awestruck at the talent and workmanship displayed in the exhibits that covered practically everything that encompasses life – social ranks; artisan craftwork and domestic industry; masks, traditional costumes and festivals; and the church’s influence on the people. I experienced many a moment of astonishment, delight, incredulity, and also just plain hilarity as I stepped back into a world prior to the World War I.
Mentally exhausted from the wealth of exhibits and information provided in the museum, I thought to snap a few shots of the church and leave. I mean, “seen one church, seen ’em all” right? Nope! Once again, I was thrust into the life of Maximillan I, Holy Roman Emperor (1459 – 1519) whose line eventually produces Maria Theresa (So that’s where she got her feistiness from!).