Culture & Tourism
Our Culture and Tourism department is responsible for all aspects relating to the library and the Abbey museums. In addition, it organises and implements all other cultural activities, events that are held on the Abbey grounds and undertakes other tourism-related tasks.
Its fields of activity include art historical, conservation and restoration work, the acquirement and loaning of artworks, the design of the annual programme, cultural PR activities and much more.
The department was originally formed and developed at the suggestion of Business Director Helmuth Neuner during the tenure of Abbot Benedict Schlömicher in 1995. At that time, it was known as the ‘Cultural division’. It was headed by Michael Braunsteiner until the new museum was opened in 2003. Even in the early years, it was able to organise major exhibitions (works of the Abbey sculptor Josef Stammel, liturgical textiles by Benno Haan, the Admont scriptorium etc.) that were accompanied by academic conferences. Under Abbot Bruno Hubl in 1997, it was decided to begin collecting contemporary art and to launch the complex ‘new museum’ project. The new large museum was planned and constructed in the years 1997 -2003. In 2004 – 2008, Admont Abbey library underwent extensive restoration.
‘Culture and Tourism’ has been the designation of the department since the opening of the museum in 2003; it is currently headed by two people, an ‘Artistic Director’ (Michael Braunsteiner from 2003) and a ‘Director of Tourism’ (Mario Brandmüller from 2017). There are various curators who are directly responsible for the individual sections (see below).
Important decisions are made in consultation with some monks of Admont Abbey and the business administration section (director: Helmuth Neuner) and also during the meetings of the ‘cultural committee’ that comes together several times a year.
Dr. Michael Braunsteiner
+43 (0) 3613/23 12-604
Leitung Abteilung Kultur, Tourismus und PR, Geschäftsführung Kaiserau Tourismus GmbH
+43 (0) 3613/2312 317
Mag. (FH) Regina Huber
Project work marketing
+43 (0)3613/23 12-606
Museum team with Maria Brottrager, Susanne Kaurzinek, Dorothea Leitner, Gudrun Schwab, Tanja Brunthaler, Alicia Moreno, Lukas Sieff, Martin Stauffer
+43 (0) 3613/23 12-604
Abbey Archive, Library, fine art and textiles
MMag. Father Prior Maximilian Schiefermüller O.S.B.
Abbey librarian/archivist, Custodiat of the fine art
+43 (0) 3613/23 12-602
Natural History Museum
DI Karl-Heinz Krisch
Curator of the natural history museum
+43 (0)3613/23 12-609