• 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...


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.

More details


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


Opening hours

The Zardini museum's opening hours are:

from June 26 to October 4: 10.30-12.30 / 15.00-19.00

closing day is Monday, except in August, when the Museum will remain open every day



Tel. +39 0436 875502 / 0436 2206



Cumulative family ticket (two adults + one or more children) for the three Museums: € 15,00

Cumulative ticket for the three Museums: € 10,00

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

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