Liechtenstein National Museum
The main museum building in Vaduz showcases the archaeology, history, art, culture as well as the natural history of Liechtenstein, drawing upon over 3,000 exhibits in some 40 galleries. The Postmuseum in Vaduz is dedicated to Liechtenstein’s famous postage stamps. The Treasure chamber in Vaduz presents the Principality’s treasure chamber, while the Farm Peasant’s House in Schellenberg is devoted to agrarian life around the year 1900. Many fascinating special exhibitions on a variety of topics are testimony to the sheer breadth of the subject matter of this interdisciplinary museum.
Main museum building
In two historical buildings dating back to the middle ages, and in a modern annex that has been driven deep into the mountainside, a wide variety of rare to unique exhibits are presented in over 40 galleries with a total surface area of some 2,000 sqm. Visitors are enchanted and surprised by over 3,000 disparate exhibits. These relate a great deal about the eventful history, the interesting culture and the unusually varied natural environment of the Principality of Liechtenstein. In addition to unique, especially valuable and very special exhibits, space is also devoted to simple and day-to-day matters. This provides deep insights into the compact sovereign state at the heart of the Alps. In addition, fascinating exhibitions of international importance on the widest possible variety of topics are also presented in a state-of-the-art special exhibition section.
The Postmuseum houses the complete collection of all Liechtenstein postage stamps issued since the year 1912. These are worldfamous, due to their outstanding aesthetics and the advanced methods and technologies deployed. Many exhibits are presented together with the original designs produced by exceptional artists and designers, providing fascinating insights into the creation of the postage stamps. In addition, documents and equipment from Liechtenstein’s postal history are also presented. Superb little special exhibitions focus on the world of
postage stamps, letters and communications.
Treasure chamber of the Prinicipality of Liechtenstein
The Treasure chamber of the Prinicipality of Liechtensteinis scheduled to open in April 2015, and will exhibit the jewels and valuables of the Principality of Liechtenstein and the world of the Princely House, the Apple Blossom Egg from Fabergé and original moonstone collected by the Apollo 11 and 17 missions.
Farm Peasant’s House
Some of the very latest concepts for low-energy buildings and sustainable construction were already being applied here some 500 years ago. The house consists of a timber frame insulated with moss and lichen. Even pegs and nails were made of wood. Iron was avoided. The configuration, the low ceilings and the few windows in the rooms reduced the amount of energy required for heating. The beams were even numbered when the building
was relocated over 300 years ago, enabling the structure to be reassembled at a new site. The house dates back to 1518, and was moved to new locations on several occasions: in the years 1687 and 1793/1794 and most recently in 1992/1993. Today the house provides extremely interesting and authentic insights into the life and times of agrarian Liechtenstein around the year 1900. Visitors can rediscover vanished aspects of life that were still
commonplace in many parts of the Alps up until the fifties and sixties of the last century.
HIGHLIGHTS OCTOBER 2015 – SEPTEMBER 2016
In addition to many individual events such as concerts, readings, lectures, theatre etc., the following special exhibitions attract further visitors:
Marilyn – The strength behind the legendary Monroe
The spotlight shines on the emancipation of women in the 1950s through the example of the most photographed woman of the 20th century – the actress, singer and style icon Marilyn Monroe. The exhibition allows visitors to view special exhibits that bear witness to both the life and work of this extraordinary woman, as well as highlight her emancipated side. These include: highquality articles of clothing; accessories; beauty, skincare and styling products; personal and film company documents; film props; and extensive photo and film footage. Clothing and requisites are also shown from Monroe’s Hollywood idols and Co-Stars such as Jean Harlow, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis and Humphrey Bogart.
Myth Olympic Games – from Ancient to Modern times
In co-operation with various Italian museums, the Vatican Museums and the Olympic Museum of Lausanne as well as with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti the above exhibition will show a retrospect of Olympic sport from ancient to modern times. On the occasion of the Summer Olympics the exhibition presents highlights from various museums including the Vatican Museums, Museums of Rome and Naples and the Olympic Museum of Lausanne.
Persons interested in the history, art, culture, customs, natural environment and philately of the Principality of Liechtenstein, as well as those interested in current global affairs. Interested persons of all ages and levels of educational attainment, mostly with medium or higher household net incomes.
Origin: national (50%), international (50%), the latter mostly from the German-speaking, Russian, Asian (China, Japan, India) and American regions
sponsors and supporters of the past two years
Oerlikon Balzers AG
ThyssenKrupp Presta AG
Centrum Bank Foundation
and approx. 50 further sponsors and supporters
Freunde des Liechtensteinischen Landesmuseums e.V.