The collections

of the Archaeology Museum

The positive atmosphere spread among the population by Archduke Johann’s appeal to send in antiquities found in the Duchy of Styria led to considerable displeasure at the official Imperial collections of antiquities. By 1812, a decree issued by the imperial chancellery had put paid to this initiative. The decree stipulated that all archaeological finds had to be sent to Vienna.

The result of this was that, in its first decades, the Joanneum had to forego the very archaeological excavations it had inspired. Only in 1846 was the degree relaxed and the compulsory centralization suspended. It is therefore no surprise that, up to that point, the collection of antiquities grew mainly as a result of donations.

Particularly in the second half of the 19th century, items from ancient Mediterranean cultures were purchased for comparative purposes. Parallel to that, two periods became the principal subjects of Styrian archaeological research – the Hallstatt and Imperial Roman periods.


The Roman reliefs and inscriptions held by the Joanneum represent not only the largest but also the most important collection of its kind in Austria and indeed in the whole eastern Alpine region. The Lapidarium in the Palace gardens at Eggenberg contains three mosaic floors and 96 selected Roman stone artefacts from the province of Styria and part of Slovenia (formerly Lower Styria). Most of the stones belonged to funerary monuments: many represent portraits of Roman individuals; inscriptions and details of the representation such as clothing, attributes or figures of servants provide a rich testimony of ancient lives, professions and personal wealth. Mythological reliefs recall undying divine love and dedicatory altars commemorate the keeping of vows.

The Lapidarium was again made accessible to the public when the new museum was opened on 10th September 2009.

Archaeology Museum, Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560


Opening Hours

April to October Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am-6pm 
1 November to 17 December only with guided tour by prior appointment

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Tues-Fri 10am - 12pm and afternoons by appointment only