Discover history in an exciting environment and in an innovative manner!
Located between the lake and the city centre, in direct proximity to the Art House and the State Theatre, the architectural masterpiece of the new vorarlberg museum forms the end of the culture boulevard. The main point of attraction is the more than 150,000 artefacts from art, history, folklore and archaeology that deal with the history and present of Austria’s westernmost federal state from a wide range of perspectives.
Inspired by Terra Sigillata vessels, Roman ceramics from the museum collection, the artists used the base of commercial PET bottles as the shape and equipped the outer wall of the museum with a structure that seems random at first glance but that, in reality, was calculated in a complex mathematical process.
Seen from the lake, the historicism facade of the former district commission structures the building. The most noticeable feature is the huge panoramic window on the top floor, which provides a fantastic view of Lake Constance and the Lindau bank, where the guest, stirred by the many impressions, experiences a moment of tranquillity and contemplation.
However, the new vorarlberg museum shines not only with attractive architecture and outstanding infrastructure. The main point of attraction is the more than 150,000 artefacts from art, history, folklore and archaeology as well as the new exhibitions, such as “Vorarlberg – a making of” or “Römer oder so” (Romans or so), which deal with the history and present of Austria’s westernmost federal state from a wide range of different perspectives and which are aimed at all who enjoy discovering things.
vorarlberg museum: review and outlook
In its first years of existence, the vorarlberg museum places importance on defining its extensive area of responsibility according to a state museum but while taking current museum trends into account, thus developing a profile in the extremely broad museum landscape. In fact, the building on Bregenz’s Kornmarktplatz has become a strongly frequented place of encounter (“a bee house”, as a visitor recently called it) that has set new standards in an Austria-wide and international context. Up until the second December, approximately 54,000 people visited the exhibitions and events at the vorarlberg museum – the exhibitions in the atrium are not taken into account.