The walk-in glass case inmidst of the impressive landscape of the Schladminger Tauern mountain range takes visitors on a journey through time, back to a period, when the mining of various ores was everyday life in Schladming-Rohrmoos.
Modern spirit and tradition meet in form of simple architecture and old building structure. Recent art illustrates past functionality, present is faced with history.
The Nickel museum at Hopfriesen is a stage within the smelter tour ("Schmelzofenrundweg"), that includes the inns in the Obertal valley and the nearby mining gallery Annastollen at Bromriesen. The themes of "mining experience" and "water experience" were defined years ago with the restoration of the historical melting furnace and its adaption to a museum as well as with the guided tours through the historical mining gallery.
The former melting furnace for nickel ore was adapted and developed into a museum that is unique in Central Europe. The modern museum takes the form of a prism of glas and steel that was "inserted" into the ruins of the historical melting furnace. It is truly impressive how the historical structure of the building consorts with the modern architecture. The choice of the building material was also made due to its role within the formation and processing of Nickel as a raw material.