Nature museums: what’s the point?

On the social role of an institution


Conference in cooperation with the Natural History Museum of the Universal Museum Joanneum

Registration required!

Nature museums have always been underrepresented in museological debates. And yet, the bulk of museum objects worldwide are natural objects and the traditional significance of this type of museum for both research and society is enormous. We would like to focus on the latter and, taking the wide variety of nature museums into consideration, examine the applicability of the social roles associated with museums in general to museums of natural history: What role does the nature museum play as an archive of things and a site of comparison? How important is it currently as a centre of research and education? Do nature museums play a role as a national/regional storehouse of memories and in the negotiation of identities? Many relevant questions of the present touch on the environmental and natural sciences: Is the nature museum suited as a site of the critical public and a place for exchanging new ideas? We will try to get an idea of the current situation against the background of the history of the institution.


Conception and design
Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen Museum Academy Joanneum, Graz (AT) 





Graz (AT) 


€ 180, reduced price € 150


Languages of the event
German and English


Registration and info
Museumsakademie Joanneum
T +43 (0) 316/8017-9805, Fax -9808


Please register via e-mail or fax. 

Museumsakademie Joanneum

Sackstraße 16
8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-664/8017-9537