Haus der Natur
House of Nature Museum Salzburg
The Haus der Natur was founded in 1924. It is both an exhibition centre addressing both local and international issues, and a multifunctional competence centre serving the city and province of Salzburg.
With its exhibitions the Haus der Natur attempts to inspire a large number of visitors, to stimulate their interest in the wealth of different aspects of the natural world, to communicate an understanding for natural processes and to open a way towards nature. These aims are supported by a lively and varied presentation of many different subjects including that of man. Starting with the founder of the Haus der Natur, Eduard Paul Tratz, our museum has always been a role model of modern, lively museum didactics. This trend-setting concept is applied consistently with the search for new methods of presentation and revolutionary means of addressing new and current issues - in both permanent and changing special exhibitions. With this approach the Haus der Natur seems to be on the right way, since about 250 000 to 300 000 visitors are counted each year.
As a Nature competence centre the Haus der Natur plays an important role in the scientific exploration of the province of Salzburg, including the documentation and transportation of results. Knowledge about the natural world, its permanent transformation and threats entails a large responsibility. Since its foundation the Haus der Natur has therefore also always assumed the role of a monitor, public adviser, initiator and supporter of different activities of nature and environmental conservation.