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Universalmuseum Joanneum

The Universalmuseum Joanneum is considered the biggest of its kind in Central Europe. About 4,7 million items in the collections form the basis of a richly faceted ‘universal’ exhibition and events schedule. A programme of exhibitions and events at twelve locations throughout Styria transmit a unique panorama of science, art and culture.

Panorama of science, art and culture


The Universalmuseum Joanneum, which attracts annually more than 500,000 visitors, employs around 420 staff in carrying out its various functions.

Apart from scientific periodicals, exhibition catalogues and annual reports, the Museum publishes a series of books about its collections. Information folders, newsletters, social media and a monthly programme brochure round off the informative publications available.

The winner of the Council of Europe’s Museums Prize, the Universalmuseum Joanneum is the most important scientific and cultural institution in Styria. During the 19th century, various distinguished institutions such as the University of Leoben, the Archduke Johann University of Technology in Graz, the Styrian State Archives and Styrian State Library sprang from the Joanneum.

Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH

Since the collections were owned from the first by the government of Styria, the Joanneum was for a long time in the hands of the state administration. In 2003, after thorough consideration, it was transformed in a not-for-profit limited company called Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH, to maintain competitiveness within the international museum industry.

Since 16.10.2015, the operating company is run by Dr. Wolfgang Muchitsch. To promote the global network of the company and especially to ensure a high-quality exhibition programme at the Kunsthaus Graz, partnerships with national and international museums and cultural institutions are proactively sought. The exhibition policy is to present all aspects of the permanent collections in a contemporary manner attractive to the public. A principal focus of attention is therefore to ensure that the various locations of the Museum work together as effectively as possible, and in doing so underline the unique character of the Universal Museum in all its diversity.

With the establishment of the Joanneum as a not-for-profit limited company, the Universal Museum has gained a greater degree of responsibility and autonomy in matters of staffing and budget. Nonetheless, the federal state of Styria is still the owner of the property and other assets in the Museum, just as intended by its founder Archduke Johann.

Company data  Expand Box

Company and legal status:

Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH
Registered office:Mariahilferstraße 2-4, 8020 Graz
Company registration no.:230017 k

Company register jurisdiction:

Landesgericht für Zivilrechtssachen Graz
VAT no.:ATU 56 45 65 79


Director of Science

Hofrat Dr. Wolfgang Muchitsch 

Phone: +43-316/8017-9700


Director of Finance

Alexia Getzinger, MAS

Phone: +43-316/8017-9500



Michael Sladek
Assistance Chief Science Officer

Phione: +43-316/8017-9700
Mobile: +43-664/8017 9700
Fax: +43-316/8017-9699


Irina Fehringer
Assistance Chief 
Financial Officer

Telefon: +43-316/8017-9500
Mobil: +43-664/8017-9786
Fax: +43-316/8017-9699



Staff position management  Expand Box

Supervisory Board and Board of Trustees

Field of responsibility of the Supervisory Board

  • The Universalmuseum Joanneum’s Supervisory Board consists of nine natural persons (to be appointed by the General Assembly of the Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH) and five employee representatives.
  • The Supervisory Board is obliged to perform the functions assigned to it by law and by the company agreement. It must supervise the actions of the management with the diligence of a prudent businessman. To that end, it has to gather information about the state of business affairs of the company at regular intervals.
  • The Supervisory Board has to examine the annual estimate (including investment, financial and human resources plans), the annual financial statement, the progress report, the guidelines for a general management policy and to report to the General Assembly on the outcome of these examinations.
The members of the Supervisory Board  Expand Box



Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz Marhold

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Konrad

  • Dr. Ilse Bartenstein
  • Dr. Christoph Binder (until 23.07.2017)
  • Mag. Claudio Eustacchio (from 24.07.2017)

  • Michael A. Grossmann  (until 23.07.2017)
  • Gerlinde Hutter
  • MMag. Christian Lagger, MBA (from 24.07.2017)

  • Mag. Gerlinde Neugebauer
  • Dr. Martin Wiedenbauer
  • Mag. Klaus Zausinger


Employee Representative:

  • Markus Ettinger
  • André Getreuer-Kostrouch
  • Mag. Markus Hall
  • Eva Ofner
  • Mag. Bernhard Samitsch


Michael Sladek
T: +43-316/8017-9700
F: +43-316/8017-9699

Tasks of the Board of Trustees

  • The Board of Trustees (Kuratorium) is a committee appointed by the Provincial Government of Styria, and its members are active in an honorary capacity.
  • The Board of Trustees takes note of the interests of the Universal Joanneum and promotes them both conceptually and materially.
  • The curators are committed to the founding concepts and goals of the Universal Joanneum. They ensure that the Universal Joanneum acts in accordance with its founding mission as an institution dedicated to collection, research and education.
  • The Board of Trustees represents the interests of the Universal Joanneum in public and draws the attention of the museum’s management to the public’s needs.
  • The Board of Trustees sees itself as a link between the museum and broader society.
  • The Board of Trustees advises and supports the Provincial Government of Styria and the management. It is in direct contact with management. It sees itself as a Supervisory Board (Aufsichtsrat) in terms of ideas, its function being supportive rather than controlling in a business sense.
  • The Support Associations (Fördervereine) of the Universalmuseum Joanneum are represented on the Board of Trustees in the interests of furthering initiatives.


The members of the Board of Trustees of the Universal Joanneum  Expand Box

(operative period: June 1, 2014 until May 31, 2019)


LHStv. a. D. Prof. Kurt Jungwirth 

First deputy to the President
Bgm. a. D. Alfred Stingl  

Second deputy to the President
Konsul Dr. Franz Harnoncourt-Unverzagt 

  • Dr. Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik
  • Ing. Johann Baumgartner
  • Dr. Hellmut Czerny
  • Günther Eisenhut
  • Ing. Helmut Fladenhofer
  • Christine Frisinghelli
  • Dr. Leopold Gartler
  • Dr. Günter Getzinger
  • HR Dipl.-Ing. Karl Glawischnig
  • Mag. Cajetan Gril
  • Michael A. Grossmann

  • Dr. Manfred Herzl
  • Frido Hütter
  • Rektor Univ.-Prof. DDipl. Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c. Harald Kainz
  • Ass.-Prof. DDr. Renate Kicker
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Konrad
  • HR Dr. Matthias Konrad
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Koren
  • MMag. Alois Kölbl
  • Prof. Dr. Karl Albrecht Kubinzky 
  • Dr. Astrid Kury
  • MMag. Hermann Miklas
  • Johannes Messner
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolf Rauch
  • Mag. Rudolf Schilcher
  • Mag. Patrick Schnabl

  • Univ.-Prof. DDr. Gerald Schöpfer
  • Mag. Marc-Oliver Stenitzer
  • Jutta Stolitzka
  • Konsulin Mag. Friederike Weitzer
  • Gertrud Zwicker

Secretary of the Board of Trustees 
Mag. Karl Peitler


Museum departments  Expand Box

Natural History (Head: Mag. Wolfgang Paill) 
Botany & Mycology


Archaeology & Coin Cabinet (Head: Mag. Karl Peitler)
Coin Cabinet

Schloss Eggenberg & Alte Galerie (Head: Dr. Barbara Kaiser)
Schloss Eggenberg and park
Alte Galerie

Neue Galerie Graz (Head: Dr. Peter Peer)

Kunsthaus Graz (Head: Dr. Barbara Steiner)

Outdoor art (Head: Dr. Elisabeth Fiedler)
Art in public spaces
Sculpture Park

Cultural history (Head: Dr. Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen)
History Museum

Folk life Museum
Multimedia Collections

Schloss Stainz (Head: Mag. Karlheinz Wirnsberger)
Hunting Collection
Agricultural Collection


Schloss Trautenfels (Head: Mag. Katharina Krenn)
Landscape Museum


Departments with support functions  Expand Box

Support services (Head: MMag. Markus Enzinger)

  • Accounting and controlling
  • Personnel administration
  • Human resource development
  • Legal advice
  • Facility Management
  • IT & Communication
  • Logistics

External Relations (Head: Dr. Andreas Schnitzler)

  • Sponsoring & Sales
  • Marketing & Communication
  • Event Management
  • Graphic Design

Visitor Services (Head: DI Markus Rieser)

Museums Service (Head: Mag. Silvia Millonig)

  • Registry
  • Conservation
  • Workshop

Universalmuseum Joanneum

Verwaltungsadresse: Mariahilferstraße 2-4
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-0