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The Local History Museum in Tamsweg


The Local History Museum in Tamsweg was established in 1962 in the town’s own former Barbara nursing home, one of the oldest buildings on the market square. The building whose origins date back to the middle ages was built by the Lungau mining trades as a hospital and served as a nursing home for the elderly until the museum was established. It contains a representative cross-section of rural crafts and trades and well as local rural and town-dwellers’ furnishings.

Truhe im Heimatmuseum

One room is devoted to the development of that most basic form of furniture, the chest, from the middle ages to the 19th century. What was the purpose of chests and how were they made? What type of chest could a cabinet-maker make and what type could a carpenter make? What motifs were reproduced on them ?  Here you will find all that’s worth knowing about them.


How did the people live in  the Lungau in previous centuries?  What did their houses and their furniture and fittings look like?  How did they light their rooms in the evening? What work did a tinker do? How did they catch flies in those days?
Objects of daily use have been lovingly brought together, and the old times are brought to life again on the guided tours, when you can  immerse yourself in the day to day life of our forebears.

Lungauer Tracht

How did the middle-class live in the market-towns, and what about the rural population in the country communities? How did they dress? Why was people’s distress so great when their savings began to run out? The first floor has recently been re-organised. The school class has been relocated. On show are the furniture of a baroque bedroom, the pictures by Anton Josef Ritter  von Kenner, the collection of chests and a space is devoted to cupboards and wardrobes. Great emphasis has been put on arranging the objects on display in a systematic way.


Crafts and religion. These two terms used to be closely connected. The craft-guilds saw themselves as Christian brotherhoods under the aegis of the archbishop, their chaplain and also their secular leader. In the chapel attached to the museum visitors can see how varied their religious life was. The old guild flags have been placed here as have the brotherhood-poles of the Archbrotherhood of St Leonhard, which were carried on the processions of Corpus Christi. Included in the exhibition of many different items are religious works of art with pictures by the Lederwasch family, who were painters and church officials at St Leonhard’s. The 6 m high giant figure of Samson weighing 105kg together with his two dwarfs is also housed here. The importance of this giant is underlined by the fact that he, like the Preber shoot (See the leisure section), has been celebrated since 1998 on an Austrian postage stamp.

The finds from the excavations of the Roman road station ‘Immurium’ will be displayed once more next year in the main building.

The museum courtyard was redesigned in 1998. The annex is used for various exhibitions and events.


Lungauer Heimatmusum Tamsweg
Kirchengasse 2
5580 Tamsweg
Tel.Nr.: +43 (0)6474 6504 (Fam. Heitzmann),
+43 (0)650 9645833  (Rita Stöckl)