Museum fuer Volkskultur Spittal/Drau, Austria

Museum fuer Volkskultur Spittal/Drau, Austria

The “Museum für Volkskultur” offers 48 exhibits which show a wide spectrum of the folk art and tradition of the region of Upper Carinthia, Austria. Founded in 1958 by Prof. Helmut Prasch, the museum is run by a private association called "Friends of the Museum". Most of the people working here are volunteers who donate their time because of their staunch belief in the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of the region.

20 000 objects can been seen in the museum, all of which have been donated to the museum by the inhabitants of the region. As the association “Friends of the Museum” was never able to buy objects, the exhibited themes represent what the people of Upper Carinthia believe to be worthy of being collected, preserved and shown in a museum.

The themes included in the varied exhibits on display depict the way of life in this area which is influenced strongly by its alpine surroundings. As much as possible, the museum tries to present authentic, original objects. The goal is to both inform and fascinate with the collection. Only a few showcases are used so that there is the chance to view the exhibited objects up close – as if they were in a home, not a museum.

The first floor of the permanent collection is designed using modern museological and technical know-how in order to give solid background information concerning the themes. On the second floor, the presentation on alpine farming, is especially attractive due to the exhibit being showcased in the wooden attic area of the Porcia castle.

The state-of-the-art use of 3D projections and info terminals give the visitors additional background information on the exhibits. The fascinating “Carinthia Panorama” floor map, shot from a height of 10,000 meters and filling one entire room, offers a unique way to view and explore the province of Carinthia.