The special object

The MuseumPasseier has for this exhibition been collecting personal items from present day heroes and stars. The collection is constantly being expanded by new acquisitions. Here is a selection.

Dalai Lama

The leader of the Tibetans brought this prayer wheel with him on a journey to South Tyrol. For him South Tyrol represents a model for Tibetan autonomy. The Dalai Lama is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. [more...]

Alex Schwazer

Wearing these shoes, Alex Schwazer won gold in the 50 km walk at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was banned for doping just before the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Erwin Kräutler

Originally from the Vorarlberg in Austria, he has since 1980 been a Catholic bishop in Brazil. He supports the indigenous peoples and has thus been repeatedly threatened. He was carrying this rosary in 1987 when he was the target of an assassination attempt which, severely injured, he survived.

Hermann Maier

The ski on which he had his spectacular fall at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The images of the crash in the downhill event were broadcast round the world and turned Maier into a legend.

Monika Hauser

Shocked by the violence suffered by women during the war in Bosnia, gynaecologist Monika Hauser in 1993 founded the medica zenica aid centre, secretly financed with money she repeatedly brought into the war zone hidden in this jacket.

Hanspeter Eisendle

Renowned mountain guide Hanspeter Eisendle lost his balance while putting on this crampon on Mont Blanc in 2013 and slid 200 metres down an icy slope. His descent was stopped by a deep hollow in the snow – just short of a 700-metre drop.

Marc Girardelli

Austria’s Marc Girardelli was five times winner of the overall title in the Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup, an achievement that remains unbeaten. He won this trophy at the 1990/91World Cup.

Alexander Mayr

In 2014 the 39-year-old commandant of the volunteer fire brigade at Atzwang (South Tyrol), lost his life while on duty during a severe storm. One year on, his widow provided the MuseumPasseier with his firefighter’s cap as a loan.