Folk life Museum

Then and now

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The Folk Life Museum was founded in 1913 as a department of the then Landesmuseum Joanneum under Viktor Geramb and has a unique collection of more than 95,000 objects documenting the material and spiritual culture of Styria.

While for many decades mainly rural cultural assets from the pre-industrial era were collected, the Folk Life Museum now also sees its task in taking up current socially relevant topics and integrating them into the existing collection by means of reference objects. Thus, the current collection includes not only objects of the traditional folkloric "canon" but, in addition, artifacts that document the changes and upheavals in contemporary society, such as objects on the Corona pandemic, on various migration trends, and on changes in the world of work.

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About the Folk Life Museum

Exhibition in motion

In the course of the reopening in April 2021, the Folk Life Museum was completely renewed. The exhibition Worlds - Changes - Perspectives was designed with a focus on the present and is dedicated to life in Styria in various modules. With this exhibition, the Folk Life Museum was part of the first reinterpreted provincial exhibition SHOWING STYRIA, which showed many facets of the history, present and future of the country and its people at several locations from April to October 2021. After that, the exhibition remains in motion and undergoes repeated additions and changes to individual modules. Thus, as a permanent exhibition, it remains constant and varied.

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

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