Hunting - collection
In the spirit of Archduke John
The early democratisation and modernisation of hunting in Styria is owed to Archduke John. The founder of the Joanneum may be seen as a model hunter for his grand-nephew Emperor Franz Joseph I, and for the overall development of hunting in Styria.
The museum of hunting is based on private collections, but also, in the broadest sense, on the “spirit” of the Archduke and the 25th Provincial Styrian Hunting Show at Eggenberg Palace. The great success of this exhibition in 1949 led to foundation of the museum of hunting, that was inaugurated in 1953 as a department of the Provincial Styrian Museum headed by Philipp Meran.
Collection theme and presentation
From 1953 to 1997, the Styrian museum of hunting was housed in Eggenberg Palace. The concept for the new presentation at Stainz Palace is currently being elaborated.
The museum’s exhibits are largely housed in a depository. The exhibits are to be documented and prepared for the new presentation of the display collection. The major themes of the collection include arts and crafts, paintings, weapons, trophies, stuffed exhibits, and taxidermy mounts. 150 baroque stag heads from the collection of the Count of Lamberg (Trautenfels) and numerous abnormal trophies are special features of this collection.
Since september 2006, the new museum of hunting at Stainz Castle showcases hunting culture in all its facets.