About us

Mission statement and history

The Universalmuseum Joanneum is considered the biggest of its kind in Central Europe. About 5 million items in 22 collections form the basis of a richly faceted ‘universal’ exhibition and events schedule. A programme of exhibitions and events at 14 locations of architectural value throughout Styria transmit a unique panorama of science, art and culture.

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Mission statement

Panorama of science, art and culture

The Universalmuseum Joanneum, which attracts annually more than 500,000 visitors, employs around 500 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.

History, art, culture and nature

14 locations - 20 museums - 1 Zoo - 22 collections - 5 million objects

Styrian Armoury

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History Museum

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Dekoratives Ausstellungselement zur Geschichte des Volkskundemuseums am Paulustor mit alten Gebäudeplänen und Miniaturmodellen aus Holz.
Folk Life Museum

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Schloss Eggenberg

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Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

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[Translate to English:] Ansicht Dauerausstellung Archäologiemuseum Schloss Eggenberg
Archaeology Museum, Schloss Eggenberg

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Ansicht Dauerausstellung Münzkabinett Schloss Eggenberg
Coin Cabinet, Schloss Eggenberg

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Kunsthaus Graz

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Neue Galerie Graz

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Barbara Edlinger, "Ehrenring", Art in Public Space

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Natural History Museum

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Ein Jugendlicher betrachtet die raumgreifenden Projektionen im Visionen-Raum des CoSAs.

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Reopening Flavia Solva,

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Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing

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Schloss Stainz

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Erzherzog Johann Museum, Schloss Stainz

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Hunting Museum, Schloss Stainz

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Agriculture Museum, Schloss Stainz

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Trautenfels Castle with a blue sky in the background is Mount Grimming
Schloss Trautenfels

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Nancy Rubins, "Airplane Parts and Hills", 2003, Austrian Sculpturepark

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Gepard in der Tierwelt Herberstein

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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.

In 2009, the Joanneum was given a new corporate design. In order to anchor the diversity of the collections in the name as well, the name of the former department of the Styrian Provincial Administration was also renewed: the Landesmuseum became the Universalmuseum Joanneum.

As of 2023, Marko Mele, PhD, and Josef Schrammel, MA, are directing Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH.

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.

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Dr. Marko Mele

Director of Science

Mag. Josef Schrammel

Director of Finance


Daniel Kosta

Assistance Chief Science Officer

Bozica Hrzenjak MA

Assistance Chief Financial Officer

Authorised signatories

MMag. Markus Enzinger

Head Department Support services - Authorised Signatory

Dr. Andreas Schnitzler

Head Department for External Relations - Authorised signatory

Members Board

Board of Trustees
Supervisory Board

Company data

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

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