Austrian Museum Quality Seal
The Natural History Museum Vienna is one Austria’s most renowned museums. The sheer size of the institution and its collections is impressive. While such major museums have great significance, they run the danger of petrification with a view to different spheres of influence - a problem that can be translated, for instance, into a never-changing permanent exhibition and resistance to requests for change.
For museums it is particularly important, however, to maintain their development, constantly reviewing their own activities and solving current challenges, if they do not want to be perceived as an inflexible, backward-looking institution.
The museum concept of the NHM Vienna focuses on the next 20 years and aims to promote both the international networking of its staff and the significance of the museum in the local and regional context. It is obvious that this paper was not just developed to be filed away in a drawer, as exemplified by the pesticide management system that has been initiated, by the framework for action for the digitalisation strategy and visitor communication, and especially by Deck 50, which was set up as a laboratory offering easy access to children and families.
Active efforts are being made at the NHM Vienna, and indeed there is a need for action, as not all parts of the permanent exhibition meet the latest standards: there is the need to develop a common collection strategy and common standards of digitalisation, and the provenance of the collection (e.g. with regard to colonialism) needs to be screened, to single out but a few issues.
The NHM Vienna not only aims to be one of Austria's best-known museums, it has set out to become, in many respects, a pioneering museum in Austria.
Mag. Heimo Kaindl
Director, Diözesanmuseum Graz
Mag. Carl Aigner
Director (ret.), Museum Niederösterreich
Mag. Evelyn Kaindl-Ranzinger
Managing Director, MUSIS - Styrian Museum Association
Mag. Lisa Noggler-Gürtler
Director, Museum der Völker, Schwaz
Mag. Dr. Karl C. Berger
Director, Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum, Innsbruck
Ing. Michael Weese
Director, Freilichtmuseum Salzburg, Großgmain