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Center for Museum Collections Management

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Collections
were the basis for the founding of many museums and are the basis for research. Collections of originals, collections-related research, and opportunities to present and communicate scientific topics make museums ideal partners for universities and other research institutions. The Center for Museum Collections Management constitutes the scientific platform for cooperation between the Danube University Krems and Landessammlungen Niederösterreich (Regional Collections of Lower Austria). The ca. 6 million objects managed by the Department of Art and Culture of the Provincial Government of Lower Austria make up the stock of Landessammlungen Niederösterreich and document the cultural and natural heritage of the province. Parts of this collection stock are on permanent and rotating display at selected museums and exhibition halls.


The Center for Museum Collections Management
supports Landessammlungen Niederösterreich in the scholarly study of the collection stock and in research on relics from the Paleolithic Age to the present. The individual research areas include natural history, archeology, art and cultural history, and also interdisciplinary fields such as restoration and preservation sciences.
Restoration experts ensure that the extensive collection stock consisting of objects of diverse materials is properly maintained. Along with developing and implementing preservation and restoration strategies, the emphasis is on research on historical materials and constructions and their changes. The interdisciplinary collaboration between cultural and natural sciences plays a key role and is essential for gaining knowledge across all fields.


This research cooperation
is a response to the international trend towards the increasing professionalization in working with museum collections on the one hand, and to the steadily growing demand for museum institutions in Lower Austria following participation in the ongoing museum science research discourse on the other. The knowledge gained will be presented to the general public in the form of publications, exhibits, presentations, and museum-related educational activities.
Jointly with Landessammlungen Niederösterreich, the Center for Museum Collections Management at the Danube University Krems is fulfilling the function of scholarly study and research pursuant to the Landessammlungen Niederösterreich collection strategy developed according to the standards defined by the International Conference on Museums (ICOM).