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 3000 exhibits in some 40 galleries. The Liechtenstein PostalMuseum in Vaduz is dedicated to Liechtenstein’s famous postage stamps. The Liechtenstein TreasureChamber in Vaduz presents the Principality’s treasure chamber, while the Liechtenstein FarmhouseMuseum 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 2000 m². Visitors are enchanted and surprised by over 3000 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.
After a reconstruction phase lasting several months, the Liechtenstein State Museum opened the completely renewed Liechtenstein Post Museum on December 18, 2018. It offers many exciting innovations, including a digital catalog of Liechtenstein stamps and an exhibition with the most important, most beautiful and most interesting stamps of the Principality of Liechtenstein. The Liechtenstein PostalMuseum houses the complete collection of all Liechtenstein postage stamps issued since the year 1912. These are world-famous, 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.
The Liechtenstein Treasury presents gems and valuable special features of the Principality of Liechtenstein and the rest of the world, such as the princely hood, splendid weapons and treasures from the Princely Collection. The famous apple blossom egg and other valuable eggs made by Fabergé and other well-known Russian jewelers can be found in the Liechtenstein Treasury. Original moonstones from the Apollo 11 and 17 missions are also on presented.
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 2020 - SEPTEMBER 2021
In addition to many individual events such as concerts, readings, lectures, theatre etc., the following special exhibitions, inter alia, attract further visitors:
„Global Happiness what do we need to be happy?“
Exhibition duration: May 15th, 2020 until February 28th, 2021
The road to happiness is not a solo effort and certainly not an ego trip. Global, sustainable happiness always includes the happiness of others. What people need personally and socially, ecologically, economically and politically to be happy, what we mean by happiness and how we can help - that's what scientists and politicians, activists and people from all over the world have found a variety of inspiring suggestions and answers. These aspects show the exhibition of the Swiss development organization Helvetas in an interactive and playful form. The Liechtenstein Development Service brings this impressive exhibition to Liechtenstein. The additional exhibition "solidary" shows that Liechtenstein concerns for the welfare of everyone.
„Fairy tales, sagas and symbols“
Exhibition duration: April 1st, 2021 until 9th September 2021
With this large-scale exhibition, the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum is dealing for the first time with the themes of fairy tales, myths, legends, fables and legends, which represent a fundamentally important part of every culture. They report on fears, hopes and desires and convey rules of social coexistence in order to explain order to the children. Fairy tales, myths, legends, fables and legends were first told and in particular written down since the 19th century. The intensive reading and reading culture began by writing them down. The exhibition tells about the themes in every culture in their diverse facets and presents the common denominators of the most diverse cultures.