Total number of museums: approximately 1724*
Art and Design: 64
History and Archaeology: 1000
Natural History/Science: 19
Technical Museums/Science: 35
Professionally run museums: 50 %
Voluntarily run museums: 50 %
Heritage Sites/Monuments: approximately 800
*724 registered museums and about 1.000 museum like institutions
Austrian Museums Association
- 35% state/municipal funded
- 35% partner museums
- 30 % membership fees/subscriptions
Museums Registration including Museum Statistics. Read more online.
Other Museum Organisations at National Level
Austrian National Committee of ICOM
Regional Museum Organisations
Amt der Burgenländischen Landesregierung
Land Kärnten - Kärntner Museumsservice
Landesverband Salzburger Museen und Sammlungen
Land Tirol - Abteilung Kultur
Verbund oberösterreichischer Museen
Land Vorarlberg, Kulturabteilung
Legislation and Structure
The museum law of the Republic of Austria is regulating primarily the duties and responsibilities of the National Museums (Bundesmuseen).
The nine federal states of Austria have different legal structures regulating the cultural policy.
There is no legal protection of the word and/or the institution "Museum" in Austria.
Most of the registered museums are state owned; either by the (federal) state or by the city. There are also a lot of private museums (mostly run by associations, few also by companies) and some museums are run by churches.
There is no public loan policy or insurance policy. The state owned museums, the so called Bundesmuseen, can benefit from the state indemnity scheme.