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Burgenlandisches Landesmuseum (Eisenstadt)
Museumgasse 1- 5
Tel. (02682) 600 1234
Open: 9am- 5pm Tue- Sat, 10am- 5pm Sun
Description of Burgenlandisches
Burgenlandisches Landesmuseum is a museum that
holds a collection of objects and items dedicated to the art and
history of Burgenland province of Austria. Its collection include on
the one hand the natural history as geology and biology of the
country and on the other hand the effect of man with archeology,
art, culture, folklore, economic and contemporary history. Some of the artefacts
date back to the Ice Age. It is followed by archaeological finds
from the Hallstatt and Ancient Roman cultures that once lived here.
After Burgenland had come to Austria as the ninth state in 1921,
the wine merchant Sándor Wolf from Eisenstadt set up a state museum
to represent the identity of the new federal state. He became the
founding director, but had to leave Austria after the "Anschluss",
when Adolf Hitler took over Austria. His collection was "Aryanized"
but restituted after the war. A part with archeological artifacts
could be acquired again in 1958 at an auction and are still part of
The museum was in the Leinnerhaus from 1926 to 1938, owned by the
wine merchant family Leopold Wolf's sons. In Museumsgasse 1 to 11,
where the Burgenland National Museum was founded from 1938 to 1939,
houses from the 17th to 19th centuries stood and stand. On No. 5 is
the house Sándor Wolfs, a group of buildings with different style
elements and remarkable wrought iron work. Wolf had already built a
collection of antiquities here that is owned by the Landesmuseum.
The houses nos. 9 and 11 were demolished in 1968, the museum was
expanded with a modern addition to the plans of the architects Hans
Puchhammer and Gunther Wawrik and opened in 1976.