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Grassmayr Bell Foundry and Museum, Innsbruck, Austria

Grassmayr Bell Foundry, Innsbruck
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Grassmayr Bell Foundry, Innsbruck

Innsbruck is the capital of Tirol, one of Austria’s nine states. This city renowned for its alpine scenery and recreation was the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games and 201 inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games.

We visited this Capital of Culture to explore its preserved and storied medieval Old Town and the postcard-perfect holiday villages. When there is much to see we make the best use of our limited time with a knowledgeable guide. We could not have had a finer one than Elisabeth Grassmayr, one of the best ambassadors of a city that one could hope to meet. Our tour included a stop at the award-winning museum at the family business now run by her sons.

Elisabeth Grassmayr with a bell decorated with her family tree at the Grassmayr Bell Foundry, Innsbruck, Austria
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Elisabeth Grassmayr with a bell decorated with her family tree at the Grassmayr Bell Foundry, Innsbruck, Austria

The Grassmayr family has been casting bells since 1599 — for churches, cows, houses, clocks, horses, holidays and special occasions — that ring in over a hundred countries throughout the world.

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Grassmayr Bell Foundry, Innsbruck, Austria

Family secrets for crafting all-bronze bells that are acoustic and visual works of art have been passed down for fourteen generations.They have developed their clock bells with such precision that they are also made as musical instruments for use in orchestras.

In 1692, the bishops of Brixen, who ruled over the region, awarded Grassmayr Bell Foundry a griffon as a signet of the quality of their product.

Grassmayr Bell Foundry's griffon in sidewalk of Innsbruck's Old Town.
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Grassmayr Bell Foundry’s griffon in sidewalk of Innsbruck’s Old Town.

We learned that there are fifty-eight tones in a properly crafted bell. Visitors can see the process of bell making in the foundry.

Grassmayr Bell Foundry, Innsbruck, Austria
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Grassmayr Bell Foundry, Innsbruck, Austria

Learn about the art of creating this musical instrument in the museum.

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Take a hands-on acoustical adventure in the sound room.

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Sound Room of Grassmayr Bell Museum, Innsbruck, Austria

Grassmayr Bell Museum was awarded the Austrian Museum Prize by the National Ministry of Culture.

Elisabeth Grassmayr on the grounds of the Grammar Bell Foundry. Innsbruck, Austria
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Elisabeth Grassmayr on the grounds of the Grammar Bell Foundry. Innsbruck, Austria

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Hello. I live in Scotland and we have bought a beautifully decorated bell on a stand. It has the German imperial flag on it and German.inscription around it. It has an iron top which is a circle of men. On the other side of the eagle stamp is a stamp with the figure if a man holding what looks like a book and staff.
    Who could I contact to help me in identifying this bell.
    I have not been able to find anything like it.
    Many thanks for any help you can give.
    Elizabeth Laughlin

    • Dear Elizabeth, I wish I could help you with this, but I do not recall seeing anything that fits this description.I am assuming you did not buy it from someone who might know more about it.I would first try searching the internet for images of bells using various keywords to see whether you can find something similar. Also, some newspapers carry a column, especially on Sundays, that helps with identifying and valuing older items. People can send in a photos and ask for an expert opinion. Sorry not to be more help.

  2. I am looking to buy 500 cow bells for gifting
    Off course small ones

    ajayjaipuria@gmail.com

    • You would need to contact Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria directly for this.

  3. My friends obtained a bell from your company with the family brand on it.how can I
    See how old ist…Ermelo
    South Africa. ..greetings…
    Dirk Snyman

    • You might want to contact the company at info@GRASSMAYR.at with your inquiry.

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