Museum der Völker - Museum of Ethnology

Museum der Völker - Museum of Ethnology
People - Culture - Stories

Discover familiar and distant worlds.

The Museum der Völker in the city of Schwaz takes you into a very special "meeting zone of the human being". The exhibitions encourage people to immerse themselves in familiar and foreign ways of life and to engage in interesting questions. There is much to discover - in the (virtual) wandering between cultures and continents with many insights into seemingly unknown and often so familiar worlds.

A visit to the Museum der Völker guarantees a "round trip without a plane" for all age groups on the questions people face all over the world. Who am I? Where do I belong? What awaits me after death? Who stays in the memory? What am I afraid of? And who - between heaven and earth - do I worship? What does a "good life" look like? The answers - always in comparison with the Tyrol region - are sometimes new, but sometimes also very familiar. Maybe the visit will even give you answers to questions that you have not asked yourself yet?


"What you think today, you will be tomorrow." ~ Buddha Shakyamuni

Spirituality, religion, philosophy, secular ethics? Based on the Far Eastern teachings of Siddharta Gautama, the exhibition invites visitors to consider ever-present questions about being human: What is a good life? What do I stand up for? What does community mean to me?

Alfons Huber, doctor in the service of Haile Selassie with landscape paintings by Hilde Chistè

Before the gynecologist Prof. Dr. Alfons Huber founded his practice in Schwaz in the early 1960s, he worked under Haile Selassie, Emperor of Abyssinia, in the Guard Hospital in Addis Ababa between 1948 and 1960. Around 80 objects, 60 books and numerous photographs from this period were donated to the MdV. The exhibition spans the arc between macro-historical aspects of Ethiopia and Austria in the 20th century and the micro-history of a well-known citizen of the city of Schwaz.
The Tyrolean artist Hilde Chistè, shows abstract landscape paintings which deal mainly with the colors of the Ethiopian landscape, scenes at the market as well as the rock churches of Lalibela.

From collecting to communicating, from marveling to recognizing, from the other to the own.

Museums are places of memory culture - and they are - starting from princely chambers of art and curiosities or other collections - initially a European "invention". They preserve things against oblivion. These things are material carriers of cultural memory - they become symbols and testimonies to it. Museums make these testimonies accessible, but they also strongly shape our gaze - in ethnographic museums, the gaze on the "others," on social phenomena or cultural and ritual acts. From the capture of the "other," from wonder, other questions arise today: What do collectibles tell us today? For whom and why are they significant? Where do exhibits come from? In the new exhibition "25 Years of the Museum of Peoples", the history of the Museum of Peoples reveals the development of a museum - from the founding of an exhibition space for originally purely private collections and exhibitions to an institution dedicated to current issues of the 21st century and thus consciously addressing a broad, increasingly young and multi-layered audience.
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Museum der Völker - Museum of Ethnology


Name:Museum der Völker
Street / House number:St. Martin 16


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