Originally, the focus was on rual society before the world wars. Today, the museum's attention turns to life in a globalized world that redefines its roots from cultural relics.
The Folk Life Museum's collection documents the complexity of human life biographies in historical and contemporary contexts. From the simple laundry doll to the fine monastery work, from the traditional shooting target to the demonstration banner - all these things tell stories about people and find their place in our museum.
The Folk Life Museum also has an extensive specialist folklore library in the building, with 14,000 individual volumes and subscriptions to 80 specialist periodicals and magazines. Attached it are the archives with a substantial collection of source material about Styrian folk culture and multi-faceted picture archives with around 20,000 colour slides and many historic photos.
The Folk Life Museum acts as a platform for a living, critical exploration of issues to do with the past and present of folk culture, and its activities are therefore geared to people of all ages.