Collection & Research at the museum

Research at the museum focuses on the creation, origins, and function of objects in the collections. The questions raised in this process often require precise knowledge of the material properties of an object. These properties also play a fundamental role in restoration and preventive conservation. Museum research lays the foundation for many other central tasks of a museum, especially the conservation, exhibition, and communication of art.   

Digital through 450 years of collection history at Ambras

Delve into 450 years of collection history at Ambras Castle. If you wish to learn more of the history of individual objects, take a closer look at our Online Collection and find out more about your favourite objects. A search list also helps you to remember your search entries.   

Online Collection

Many research projects raise questions on historical contexts.

In other words, they go beyond the mere history of an object and strive for a wider, cultural-historical classification of collection items. Historical questions generally lead to a better understanding of museums as places of active interaction and reflection of people with and in their cultural and sociological development. Which political system is required for a specific object? What kind of relationship between power and governance can be derived – these and other questions are what museum research is about. In light of Austria’s history, the focus of historical research at our museum is often closely linked to the Habsburg dynasty.  

Estate Inventory of Archduke Ferdinand II (1529 – 1595) from 1596 (Inv. KK 6652)

Database edition of the inventory manuscript of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, a research project across collections.

Go to project

Ambras Castle and its Collections in the 18th Century. From the Chamber of Art and Curiosities to a universal collection.

Archduke Ferdinand II died on 24 January 1595. He famously wished for the collections he had established – the Chamber of Art and Wonders as well as the Armoury – to remain at Ambras Castle. 

Go to project

Further research projects of the KHM Museum Association may be found under ‘Research’ on the website of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Curatorial staff

Dr. Veronika Sandbichler
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck
+43 1 525 24- 4802

Dr. Katharina Seidl
Curator and Head of Art Education
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck
+43 1 525 24- 4804

Dr. Thomas Kuster
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck
+43 1 525 24- 4805

A list of all members of the curatorial staff in the museums and collections of the KHM Museum Association may be found under ‘Research’ on the website of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Research activities

The research in the collections and departments of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien results in publications, exhibitions, teaching activities, guided tours, and events for the general public. The research activities and their communication are found in the annual reports of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien as well as in an overview list of scientific accomplishments.

Find out more (in German)