Mining museum “Kornkasten” in Ahrntal
The historical building in the centre of Steinhaus hosts an interesting museum displaying the mining history in the valley of Tauferer Ahrntal.
The grain store in Steinhaus cannot be overlooked. The high, historical house is located in the middle of the village, directly on the main street. The museum’s façade, painted in red, still reminds us of copper mining in Ahrntal.
As the name “Kornkasten” (grain store) already implies, the building had been used as food store for the mine in Prettau since approx. 1700. After the mine’s closure in 1893, the grain store was empty for a long time. Since 2000, however, the building hosts the mining museum.
The miners’ lives & the history of the copper mine
A visit at the grain store represents a perfect combination with a visit of the show mine in Prettau. The numerous exhibits are loans by the Von Enzenberg earls. Together with wooden models and interactive elements, they tell the exciting story of copper mining in Ahrntal.
Other interesting aspects of the exhibition are the life conditions of the miners, their traditions as well as their privileges. In addition, visitors get to know the various work steps, from the extraction to the elaboration of the precious metals.
Opening hours & tickets
The museum is open from the end of March until the beginning of November. Monday is day of rest. In august, the Kornkasten mining museum is open every day, with no day of rest. With the combi ticket, it is possible to visit the Kornkasten museum in Steinhaus and the show mine in Prettau for a special price.
Groups, children up to 14 years, students, seniors and people with disabilities benefit from price reductions. Guided tours are only possible with preregistration.