vorarlberg museum

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vorarlberg museum
Vorarlberg museum in Bregenz 5.jpg
Former name
VLM - Vorarlberger Landesmuseum
Established1857 (1857)
LocationBregenz, Vorarlberg,
Coordinates47°30′16″N 9°44′48″E / 47.50444°N 9.74667°E / 47.50444; 9.74667Coordinates: 47°30′16″N 9°44′48″E / 47.50444°N 9.74667°E / 47.50444; 9.74667
TypeArt, History, Archeology and Folklore
DirectorAndreas Rudigier
CuratorGerhard Grabher (Archaeology)
Peter Melichar (History)
Ute Pfanner (Arts)
Theresia Anwander (Ethnology)
First building of 1905

The vorarlberg museum (former name Vorarlberger Landesmuseum) in Bregenz is the state art and cultural museum of the Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg.[1]

It was founded in 1857, and has since been a centre for collection and preservation of the state's art and cultural material.[2] The museum conducts research into this material and makes it available to the public. In terms of content, the museum's work focuses on Vorarlberg material, and at the same time considers this in a context which goes beyond the state's boundaries. The collection contains 150,000 artifacts from archaeology, history, history of art and folklore.[3]

The museum co-operates with other national, international and regional cultural institutions and aims at supporting science by cooperating with research facilities and making research findings visible.[4][5]


The museum was founded in 1857 by a private association with the aim of securing the state's cultural heritage, preventing the export of significant materials, and where possible achieving the return of materials previously exported.[6]

The museum building opened in 1860, but was soon too small for the rapidly-expanding collections. Despite financial contributions from local industry and from the town of Bregenz, it was not financially possible to commence building of a new purpose-built museum until 1902. The new state-of-the-art museum opened in 1905. It was designed by Georg Baumeister, and incorporated heating, and fire and flood protection. Despite provision for growth of the collections, it was soon overflowing again. Despite complaints in the 1930s of a shortage of space, it was not until the 1950s that the next reconstruction took place; a new storey was added and the decorative façade was removed.[7] It was reopened in 1960, and represented the first investment in the building for half a century to address the increasing expectations of visitors.

Meanwhile, in 1947–48, the collections and the museum building were transferred to the state of Vorarlberg. Since 1997, it has had management support, together with the Bregenz art gallery and the Vorarlberg state theatre, from a management service company set up for that purpose.

In 2007, a decision was made to redesign the museum once again. The redesign was carried out by the Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architects, who had won the previously announced competition.[8] On 5 October 2009, it was closed for construction of a new building designed to double its previous floor area. The district administrative centre was intended to be incorporated into the new building. The redesign was completed in 2013.[8] The façade is adorned with 16,656 "blossoms". These are concrete casts of the bottom of commercially available PET bottles.[9]

Main exhibitions[10][edit]

  • "Vorarlberg. A Making Of" (on the history of Vorarlberg)
  • "Buchstäblich Vorarlberg" ("Literally Vorarlberg", presentation of more than 160,000 artefacts from art, history and archaeology)
  • "Weltstadt oder so? Brigantium im 1. Jh. n. Chr." ("Cosmopolitan city or something? Brigantium in the 1st century AD")

Former main exhibitions[11][edit]

  • 2013–2018 “Römer oder so? Eine Ausstellung zum Gräberfeld in Brigantium” ("Romans or something? An exhibition on the burial ground in Brigantium")
  • 2016–2021 “Ganznah. Landläufige Geschichten vom Berühren” ("Up close. Touching local stories", on surprising stories and facts about the region)

Directors of Vorarlberg museum[edit]

  • 1948–1986: Elmar Vonbank
  • 1986–2006: Helmut Swozilek
  • 2006–2011: Tobias G. Natter
  • since April 2011: Andreas Rudigier[12]


The museum operates a library with a stock of some 30,000 volumes on subjects connected to the museum's focus.[13]

Photo gallery[edit]

Zie ook[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Leitbild / vorarlberg museum". vorarlberg museum (in German). Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  2. ^ "Geschichte / vorarlberg museum". vorarlberg museum (in German). Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  3. ^ "vorarlberg museum". Bregenz (in German). 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  4. ^ "Sammlungsbestand". vorarlberg museum (in German). Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  5. ^ "Forschung+Kooperation". vorarlberg museum (in German). Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  6. ^ BauNetz. "Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz | Beton | Kultur | Baunetz_Wissen". Baunetz Wissen. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  7. ^ BauNetz. "Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz | Beton | Kultur | Baunetz_Wissen". Baunetz Wissen. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  8. ^ a b BauNetz. "Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz | Beton | Kultur | Baunetz_Wissen". Baunetz Wissen. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  9. ^ "vorarlberg museum, Bregenz am Bodensee - Architektur und Ausblicke". Urlaub in Vorarlberg (in German). Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  10. ^ "vorarlberg museum, Exhibitions in Bregenz at Lake Constance". Urlaub in Vorarlberg. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  11. ^ "Kernausstellungen". vorarlberg museum (in German). Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  12. ^ "Team". vorarlberg museum (in German). Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  13. ^ "Bibliothek". vorarlberg museum (in German). Retrieved 2021-07-11.