Austria

Total number of museums: approximately 1724*
Art and Design: 64
History and Archaeology: 1000
Ethnography: 19
Natural History/Science: 19
Technical Museums/Science: 35
Special: 229
Other: 95

Professionally run museums:  50 %
Voluntarily run museums: 50 %
Heritage Sites/Monuments: approximately 800

*724 registered museums and about 1.000 museum like institutions

Austrian Museums Association

Website: www.museumsbund.at
Foundation: 1981
Members: 630
Funding: 

  • 35% state/municipal funded
  • 35% partner museums
  • 30 % membership fees/subscriptions
Advocacy Initiative 

Museums Registration including Museum Statistics. Read more online.


Other Museum Organisations at National Level

Austrian National Committee of ICOM
Website: www.icom-oesterreich.at

Regional Museum Organisations

Burgenland

Amt der Burgenländischen Landesregierung
Website: www.burgenland.at

Carinthia

Land Kärnten - Kärntner Museumsservice
Website: www.ktn.gv.at

Lower Austria

Museumsmanagement Niederösterreich
Website: www.noemuseen.at

Salzburg

Landesverband Salzburger Museen und Sammlungen
Website: www.salzburgermuseen.at

Styria

MUSIS
Website: www.musis.at

Tyrol

Land Tirol - Abteilung Kultur
Website: www.tirol.gv.at/kunst-kultur

Upper Austria

Verbund oberösterreichischer Museen
Webiste: www.ooemuseumsverbund.at

Vorarlberg

Land Vorarlberg, Kulturabteilung 
Website: www.vorarlberg.at


Legislation and Structure

Legislation

The museum law of the Republic of Austria is regulating primarily the duties and responsibilities of the National Museums (Bundesmuseen).

The nine federal states of Austria have different legal structures regulating the cultural policy.

There is no legal protection of the word and/or the institution "Museum" in Austria.

Structure

Most of the registered museums are state owned; either by the (federal) state or by the city. There are also a lot of private museums (mostly run by associations, few also by companies) and some museums are run by churches.

Collection Mobility

There is no public loan policy or insurance policy. The state owned museums, the so called Bundesmuseen, can benefit from the state indemnity scheme.

Last updated in April 2018.