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Museums

It is practically impossible to determine the wealth of the region’s museum scene, since committed private people in many places have a passion which they make publically accessible to others — frequently with an astonishingly professional outcome. This list includes a selection of these private collections as well as the major museums, which are also worth a visit by architecture enthusiasts.


Bregenz

Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB)
Peter Zumthor has created a work of art in which to present art. With regard
to both its content and its architecture, the building is considered throughout
Europe as one of the major exhibition houses for contemporary art, offering a high-class art education programme for visitors of all ages.
Tue to Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thu until 9 p.m., during the festival season daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Karl-Tizian-Platz, T +43 (5574) 485940
www.kunsthaus-bregenz.at  

vorarlberg museum
The culture of the state has been preserved, explored and made available to
the public for over 150 years. Since opening its doors in 2013, the structural
extension also expresses the conceptional reorientation which has completely blown away any trace of outmodedness and boredom evoked by the name “regional museum”.
Tue to Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thu until 9 p.m., during the festival season daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kornmarktplatz 1, T +43 (5574) 46050
www.vorarlbergmuseum.at 

Pfänder cable car Museum
A look at the history of Vorarlberg’s first cable car, which started operation
in 1927.
Open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except for renovation). 
Steinbruchgasse 4 (at the lower station of the Pfaenderbahn)
T +43 (5574) 42160-0
www.pfaenderbahn.at

Museum in the Martinsturm
Bregenz’s landmark, located within the old town walls, has a baroque onion
dome and houses a small museum.
Open from April to October, Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Martinsturm Bregenz, Martinsgasse 3, T +43 (5574) 46632
www.martinsturm.at

Krafthaus (House of Energy)
The history of electrification in the region and the Vorarlberg Illwerk (Ill Power Company). Open by appointment only.
Weidachstrasse  6, T +43 (5574) 601-88206
www.vkw.at


Dornbirn

inatura Erlebnis Naturschau
The inatura is an interactive exhibition as well as a documentation centre and research facility. The modern museum concept, interesting architecture and child-oriented, interactive presentation of the objects make this revitalised industrial building into an attractive outing.
Mon to Fri, 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed: 25 December and 1 January.
Jahngasse/Stadtgarten, T +43 (5572) 232350
www.inatura.at 

Rolls-Royce Museum
The largest Rolls Royce Museum in the world displays around 70 of the most
significant Rolls Royces ever, situated in a historical industrial building. In
addition to Phantoms from the 1920s and 1930s, you will find the parade car
belonging to the Queen Mum, the touring cars belonging to King George V,
Prince of Wales King Edward VIII and vehicles owned by Lawrence of Arabia, Aly Khan, Malcolm Campbell, General Franco and many more.
All year round, Summer: Tue to Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Winter: Tue to Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gütle 11a, T +43 (5572) 52652
www.rolls-royce-museum.at   

Dornbirn Town Museum
Housed in a 200-year-old patrician’s house right on the market place, the Museum presents interesting information pertaining to the history of the town of Dornbirn, as well as a modern infrastructure for scientific research.
Tue to Sun, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m. and upon request.
Marktplatz 11, T +43 (5572) 33077
www.dornbirn.at

FLATZ museum
Wolfgang Flatz, the actionist artist from Dornbirn, has had a Museum dedicated to him during his lifetime which enables the examination of artistic stimuli of our time.
Fri 3 to 5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
Marktstraße 33, T +43 (5572) 3064839
www.flatzmuseum.at  

Kunstraum Dornbirn
Contemporary fine arts and current trends in contemporary art are displayed in the historic assembly hall of the Rüschwerke.
Tue to Sun and on bank holidays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jahngasse 9, T +43 (5572) 55044
www.kunstraumdornbirn.at   

Manger Museum
The Manger Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It displays between 100 and 120 mangers and figurines from all over the world.
1 May to 5 January: Tue to Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gütle 11c, T 43 (5572) 25842
www.krippenmuseum-dornbirn.at

Ebniter Museumsstube
Almost 150 persons currently live in Dornbirn’s mountain plot of Ebnit, which
was populated by Walsers in the 14th century and which has been a part of
the town of Dornbirn since 1932. You can view the history of this settlement in Gasthaus Freschen.
Mon 1 to 9 p.m. (excluding bank holidays)
Ebnit 24, T +43 (5576) 775500
www.ebniterleben.at

Museum of Christmas decorations
You can view 18 years of a passion for collecting things here, sorted, decorated and catalogued according to epochs. It is one of only three Christmas decoration museums in Europe.
December and January: Sat, Sun and on bank holidays 2 to 6 p.m.
Montfortstraße 34, T +43 (5572) 23128, Fam. Huschle


Feldkirch

Motorcycle Museum
A hobby that became a passion. Wolfgang Weber and Elmar Wehinger founded the first Feldkirch Motorcycle Museum. Countless of Puch motorcycles were collected, restored and were restore.
Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month (April-October), 2-7 p.m and by appointment.
Bifangstrasse 39, T +43 (5522) 41682

Schattenburg Museum
Today, the museum’s eighteen rooms still offer an impressive look at the lifestyle of earlier centuries, from wall paintings and religious art through to suits of armour. It is family-friendly, has a restaurant in the old building and a lovely view across the roofs of Feldkirch.
January to March: Tue to Fri 1.30 to 4 p.m., Sat and Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April to October.: Mon to Fri 9—12 p.m., 1.30 to 5 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November to December: Sat and Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Burggasse 1, T +43 (5522) 71982
www.schattenburg.at

Schützenscheibenmuseum 
Located near the Schattenburg; Collection of marksman’s targets from the Main Marksman’s Guild of Feldkirch, established in 1375. It is the largest such collection in the German speaking world with over 230 exhibits. Tours upon request.
Göfiser Straße 2, T +43 (699) 11364812
www.hsg-feldkirch.at


Frastanz

Vorarlberger Museumswelt
A major museum project is being created in Frastanz, reviewing the fields of electrics, the federal fire brigade and rescue services as well as the history of film.
Wed 4 to 7 p.m.
Obere Lände 3 T +43 (664) 2118989
www.musuemswelt.com

Tabakausstellung (Tobacco exhibition)
Historical tobacco utensils and tobacco plants in the community park (during the summer months).
Tours upon request.
Sägenplatz 1, T +43 (5522) 7515340
www.frastanz.at/tabakaustellung


Hard

Museum of Textile Printing Mittelweiherburg
Exhibits from the world of textile printing are displayed in the former
moated castle.
April to October: Wed, Sat 5 to 7 p.m., Sun and on bank holidays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Noveber to March: by appointment.
Salbachstrasse, T +43 (5574) 697220
www.hard.at  

Museum of the Fire Brigade Vintage Vehicle Club
Historical fire engines from Hard Fire Brigade.
Wed 7.30 p.m. and by appointment.
Bommenweg 1, T +43 (664) 3413304 or T +43 (664) 452157
www.feuerwehr-oldtimer-hard.at


Hohenems

Franz-Schubert-Museum
Dedicated to the great Viennese composer Franz Schubert, namesake of the
Schubertiade.
15 April to 14 October: Sun and on bank holidays 2 to 6 p.m. and during the Schubertiade and Emsiana.
Hohenems, Marktstarße 1, T +43 (5576) 72091
www.schubertiade.at

Elisabeth-Schwarzkopf-Museum
A museum in Villa Rosenthal is dedicated to the great soprano singer Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: numerous original documents and her estate, which is of music-historical importance, are to be found here.
15 April to 14 October: Sun and on bank holidays 2 to 6 p.m. and during the Schubertiade and Emsiana.
Hohenems, Schweizer Straße 1, T +43 (5576) 72091
www.schubertiade.at

Jewish Museum Hohenems
The Jewish Museum Hohenems, at home in the former Villa Heimann-Rosenthal, documents the history of the Jewish community which lived in Hohenems for more than three centuries until it was wiped out during the Nazi era. It also addresses Jewishness in Europe today, the diaspora and Israel, as well as issues pertaining to the future of the European immigrant society. It has already achieved international popularity thanks to its events and activities.
Tue to Sun and on bank holidays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hohenems, Schweizerstraße 5, T +43 (5576) 739890
www.jm-hohenems.at   

Otten Kunstraum
The small private museum gives insights into the Otten family’s collection of abstract art.
The first Thursday of every month from 4 to 8 p.m. and by appointment.
Hohenems, Schwefelbadstraße 2, T +43 (5576) 90400
www.ottenkunstraum.at  

Stoffel’s Saw-Mill

The open-air mill museum documents 2,000 years of milling technology through to the modern era.
25 April to 31 October: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hohenems, Sägerstrasse 11, T +43 (5576) 72434
www.museum-stoffels-saege-muehle.at  


Laterns

Cooperage Museum
Coopery was first mentioned around 1636. Small private collection.
By appointment.
Laterns, Jakob Nesensohn, Unterwaldstraße 3, T +43 (5526) 381


Lauterach

Art in the Rohnerhaus

The private museum housed in an interesting new building exhibits a permanent collection of works by artists from Vorarlberg, from the 17th century through to the present.
Wed to Sat, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and by appointment.
Lauterach, Kirchgasse 14, T +43 (5574) 72923 or T +43 (676) 7032873
www.rohnerhaus.at  


Lustenau

Rhein-Schauen - Museum and Rheinbähnle
The River Rhine played an essential role in the life of our forefathers — its flooding brought not only bountiful harvests but also a lot of suffering. It is the focus of the exhibition, including a topographical model of the course of the river, from the sources through to Lake Constance. You can take a ride on the nostalgic steam engine “Liesl”.
1 May to 26 October: Wed, Fri to Sun and on bank holidays 1 to 5 p.m., guided tours Sun and on bank holidays 1.30 p.m. (except special programs).
Lustenau, Höchster Strasse 4, T +43 (5577) 20539
www.rheinschauen.at   

Embroidery Museum
Embroidery was once a flourishing branch of industry, and left its mark on life in Lustenau. Unusual exhibits document the development of embroidery, from simple needlework through to today’s modern machine embroidery.
Thu and Fri, 3 to 7 p.m.
Lustenau, Pontenstrasse 20, T +43 (5522) 305221

Rauch's Radio Museum
Around 550 objects dating from between 1920 and 1970 teach the visitor about the development from the very first receivers in our region through to the most up-to-date sound machines.
Thu 3 to 9 p.m. and by appointment.
Lustenau, Roseggerstraße 6, T +43 (5577) 782784, T +43 (664) 2209064


Nenzing-Gurtis

Immenhof Bee Museum
Vorarlberg’s first bee museum. Includes a nature trail about bees.
April to September: Fri 4 to 7 p.m. and by appointment
Nenzing, Dorfstraße 5, T +43 (5525) 62652, Mrs Edith Berchtold


Rankweil

Natalie-Beer-Museum
Personal items from the estate and the complete works of the well-known Vorarlberg poet, Natalie Beers are on display.
May-Sept. Tue 5-7 p.m. and by appointment.
Rankweil, in the Turmzimmer (Tower Room), next to the Waldfriedhof (Forest Cemetery), T +43 (5522) 4050
www.rankweil.at

Freilichtmuseum “Romervilla” (Open Air Museum “Romervilla”)
The Open Air Museum in Rankweil contains 3 Roman estate buildings from the 1st - 5th century AD.
Open to visit at any time.
Rankweil, Weitried next to the Sportplatz Brederis, T +43 (5522) 4050

Museum für Drückgrafik Rankweil (Print Museum)
You’ll be enchanted from the flair of this authentic artistic printing workshop and experience first hand the classical graphic reproduction technique, for example a fully functioning historical lithograph press.
Thu 6 to 8 p.m. and by appointment, July closed. 
Rankweil, Hartmanngasse 15a, T +43 (5522) 41737
www.markusgell.com


Röthis

Smithy Museum
Forging shows and a visual voyage from the Middle Ages through to today.
March to October: Mon to Fri 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1.30 to 5 p.m.
Röthis, Metallwerkstätte Kieber, Badstraße 8, T +43 (5522) 44655
www.kieber.at

All museums in Vorarlberg: www.vorarlbergmuseen.at

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