MDV Museumder Voelker Fassade
MDV Museumder Voelker Fassade

Museum of the Peoples Schwaz

This ethnographic and art museum in Schwaz represents a meeting place for different cultures.

The "Museum der Völker", which means Museum of the Peoples, was founded in 1995 and contains exhibits from Africa, Asia and Indonesia, which were collected in the course of 50 years by the photographer and journalist Prof. Gert Chesi. In 2016 he donated those exhibits to the city of Schwaz. The extraordinary collection from an art-historic and cultural scientific point of view, invites to think about cultural diversity, different lifestyles and current and historic society models.

Furthermore, it allows to reconsider the own position and to compare other peoples and cultures by the key of respect. In 2013 the former "Haus der Völker" (House of the Peoples) was changed and rebuilt, offering now new elements and a comprehensive collection as well as an integrated studio gallery. The three subjects of the exhibition are dedicated to the worlds in between: "Between people", "Between self-will and adaptation" and "Between heaven and earth". These and other questions are addressed: What defines a human being: mind, consciousness, status, affiliation, religion or something else? How does a society function? Which attributes do gods have?

The Museum of the Peoples Schwaz also offers special exhibitions - e.g. in 2017/2018 "Menschen" (People) by Leon Pollux, or "Unvergessen machen" (Remaining unforgotten) and "Maasai - builders from Ololosokwan" in collaboration with the Women's Museum of Hittisau (Austria). Moreover, the building houses a café and an ethno-shop, which is a real treasure chest of cult objects and artistic works of Africa and Asia as well as Buddhist arts and specialist books. A paradise for those who love travelling and want to make a side-trip to a different world!

Where: St. Martin 16, Schwaz
Characteristics: the unique ethnographic museum of western Austria
Further information: phone: +43 5242 66090,

Opening hours: May 21 to December 31, 2020
Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

guided tours Sundays at 2 pm

Ticket (adults):
8.00 Euros / family discount: kids free from the 2nd child on

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