Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation
Established in 1972, the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation is a public foundation belonging to the Principality of Liechtenstein. It is tasked with collecting, preserving and exhibiting Liechtenstein’s cultural assets as well as promoting an understanding of the country’s geography and history.
The foundation and its museums form a bridge from the past to the present and into the future. It actively participates in the discourse on topics related to Liechtenstein and thus contributes to constituting and developing Liechtenstein’s identity. The foundation and its museums are vibrant places where visitors can meet, learn and discover the country’s rich culture. They are also important places for sharing knowledge.
Mission statement of the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation
The strategic governing body of the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation is the Foundation Board. It determines the structures, regulations and long-term goals, and reports regularly to the responsible ministry acting as the supervisory au-thority.
For the period 2018-2022/24, the Foundation Board is composed of
- Rainer Gopp, Vaduz, Vice-Chairman (20.04.2018–19.04.2022)
- Stefan Batliner, Eschen (17.03.2020–16.03.2024)
- Dr. Caroline Hilti, Balzers (20.04.2018–19.04.2022)
- Roman Jenal, Ruggell (17.03.2020–16.03.2024)
- Christoph Kübler, Fürstenaubruck/CH (20.04.2018–19.04.2022)
Operational responsibility for the museums of the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation lies with the Director. He cooperates closely with the Foundation Board.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Vollkommer
The auditor of the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation is the Financial Control Authority of the Principality of Liechtenstein
Annual reports of the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation (in German only)
- Annual report 2018 (pdf)
The History about the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum can be found here
Legal framework of the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum (in German only)
Law on the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum (pdf))
Ownership strategy of the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein (pdf))
Articles of association of the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum (pdf))
Organisational regulations of the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum (pdf))
Mission statement of the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation
The mission statement of the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation was published in 2002.
The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum strives in all its activities to respect the ICOM Code of Professional Ethics (Code of Professional Ethics of the International Council of Museums, 1986). According to this code, the wheelchair-accessible design of the museum, its exhibitions and events are basic requirements to ensure that the special needs of disabled persons can be accommodated in the best possible way.
The mission, aim and purpose of the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum is to collect, preserve and exhibit Liechtenstein’s cultural assets as well as to promote the understanding of the country’s geography and history. The Foundation Board shall take appropriate measures to ensure this mission is fulfilled.
Aims and importance of the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum
The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum offers an at-tractive programme of exhibitions and events on its sites: the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum, the Liechtenstein TreasureChamber, the Liechtenstein PostalMuseum and the Liechtenstein Farmhouse-Museum in Schellenberg. To this end, it develops its own special exhibitions and enters into agreements with other museums, exhibitors and cultural institutions in Liechtenstein and abroad. It is an attractive international partner.
The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum brings Liech-tenstein’s past into the present. It forms a bridge from the past to the present to the future. The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum actively participates in the country’s discourse on overarching topics and questions concerning Liechtenstein. It thus contributes to constituting and developing Liechtenstein's identity. At the same time, it showcases important aspects of Liechtenstein’s nature and culture to the outside world. The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum pursues an interdisciplinary approach in its activities. Its museums are vibrant places where visitors can meet, learn and discover the country’s rich culture. These are the overarching aims behind the collection, preservation, documentation, research and communication of cultural and natural assets.
The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum’s activities focus on the cultural area of the Alps, Europe and the globalised world, in particular the Principality of Liechtenstein.
The target audience of the Liechtenstein National-Museum are Liechtenstein residents, people from neighbouring countries, tourists visiting Liechtenstein and potential visitors from around the world. Schools are a particularly important target group for the museum. Wherever possible, efforts are made to cater for specific interest groups, including pre-school children, adults, minorities and disabled persons.
1. Preserve: The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum ensures the best possible preservation and long-term continuation of the collection through conservation and restoration measures.
2. Document: The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum records the exhibits in the collection by cataloguing, inventorying and scientific documenting.
3. Explore: The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum is responsible for the scientific cataloguing of the ex-hibits in the collection. In addition, it conducts re-search on topics related to the collections and the exhibitions. The results are accessible to all interested parties and are published where possible.
4. Collect: The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum is building up a collection on the country’s culture and history in line with its state mandate. It collects objects of importance from Liechtenstein’s cultural area. In addition, it collects objects related to people in or from the Principality of Liechtenstein. The museum coordinates its collecting activities with other collecting institutions in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
5. Teach: Visitors are at the heart of the museum's communication with the public. A visitor-centric approach is a basic attitude and creates an inviting atmosphere. Teaching and learning activities are well-founded and appropriate for the respective target groups. Learning takes place primarily through permanent exhibitions, special exhibitions, events, museum activities and publications.
6. Advise: The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum serves as a consulting institution for public and private collections on museological issues.
The activities are set out in more detail in separate guidelines.
The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum strives to provide high-quality, professional work in all areas. In order to guarantee professionalism and quality and to remain up to date, the necessary resources are needed in the long term concerning staff, financing, technology and exhibition space. The Liechtenstein NationalMuseum regularly reviews its mission statement and guidelines in order to adapt them to the changing social and museological requirements.
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