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Burgenlandisches Landesmuseum (Eisenstadt)

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Museumgasse 1- 5

Tel. (02682) 600 1234

Open: 9am- 5pm Tue- Sat, 10am- 5pm Sun

 

 

 

Description of Burgenlandisches Landesmuseum

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 collection.

 

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.