The Petrol Station Myth


Opening: 10.04.2019, 7 pm
Curated by: Helmut Eberhard und Eva Kreissl

Design: Masterstudienlehrgang Ausstellungsdesign, FH JOANNEUM, Jahrgang 2017

About the exhibition

Petrol stations provide us with more than just petrol. They convey feelings about life that have continuously changed throughout their 100-years’ or more history. On the one hand they have always been seen as a symbol for mobility, while on the other hand their functions have become increasingly varied in recent years.

This exhibition follows the trail of the petrol station from the very outset, via technical and architectural innovations, up to its role as a substitute shop and local centre of communication following the disappearance of grocers and inns. Petrol stations are thus becoming more and more a meeting point for people from the vicinity.

This special exhibition continues the successful cooperation between the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology of the University of Graz, the WKO Styria - Department of Garages, Gas Station and Service Companies, Energy Trade Division - and the Folk Life Museum.


Folk Life Museum

Paulustorgasse 11-13a
8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9810


Opening Hours
10. April 2021 to 31. October 2021 Mon-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm
01. November 2021 to 31. December 2021 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm
02. January 2022 to 31. December 2022 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm

Due to the current Covid regulations, the number of participants for guided tours is limited in all houses of the Universalmuseum Joanneum. We therefore ask you to make a reliable reservation in advance at +43-316/8017 9810.


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