The history of the Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing


Professor Viktor Herbert Pöttler has planned the Austrian Open-Air Museum and built it up in its basic features. The presentation is based on the declaration of the Association of European Open-Air Museums AEOM and the scientific and pictorial commission of open-air museums.


Houses from all over Austria

The Austrian open-air museum with historical objects from all the federal states of Austria should not only be a collection of different buildings, but also offer the opportunity to compare the different types of houses of the individual federal states. The historical buildings are arranged geographically as in Austria from east to west.

The 65-hectare museum site itself was made available to the Styrian Foundation.


Time table of development

  • 2019 Das Österreichische Freilichtmuseum wird in das Universalmuseum Joanneum eingegliedert, um die weitere Erfüllung des Stiftungszweckes fortzuführen
  • 2018 Die Bundesstiftung als Rechtsträger wird aufgelöst
  • 2014 Constitutive meeting of the new board of trustees
  • 2013 Constituent meeting of the new Board of Directors
  • 2012 Constitutional amendments by the Federal Ministries and Provincial Governors
    Sole responsibility in the Land of Styria becomes legally binding
  • 1987 Constitutive General Assembly of the Federal Foundation
  • 1986 Founding of the foundation "Österreichische Freilichtmuseum" as a non-profit foundation with the commitment of the sponsors to the curators: 5 Federal ministries and 9 provincial representatives by BM Dr. Heinz Fischer
  • 1985 Opening of the exhibition center and research center for house research
  • 1970 Opening of this Austrian cultural work
  • 1962 Foundation of the association "Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum"
    Presentation of the project of a central open-air museum for Austria (36 objects) and confirmation by BMU with the assumption of the Presidency
    Basis for obtaining the consent of the Länder 
  • 1961 Principle of the decision of the Land of Styria concerning the intention of the general Austrian (central) open-air museum and the provision of the office and the secretariat

Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing

8114 Stübing, Österreich
T +43-3124/53700
F +43-3124/53700-18


Opening Hours
01. July 2020 to 31. October 2020 Mon-Sun, public holidays 9am - 5pm

Admission until 4pm

01. November 2020 to 26. March 2021 closed.
27. March 2021 to 31. October 2021 Mon-Sun, public holidays 9am - 5pm

Admission until 4pm


For very urgent matters, we are available from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 9am on 0664/934-8509.