The Diözesanmuseum in St. Pölten is located on the first floor of the former monastery cloister. It was founded in 1888 and was the first such museum in Austria. Under the patronage of the Christian religious art association in Lower Austria, it experienced a rich and varied collecting activity in its beginnings, ranging from archaeological finds on historical documents, coins and medals to objects of painting, sculpture and artcraft from all eras. The focus of the extensive collection is the sacral art, which is presented in all its diversity - from sculptures, paintings, altars, liturgical equipment and clothes. In the early years the museum was housed in the rooms of the former abbey library, meanwhile it has been extended by several rooms.
The following rooms are also integrated into the exhibition space:
• the library of the former Augustinian Monastery with ceiling frescoes by Paul Troger and Daniel Gran
• the "Kerens library", named after the first St. Pölten bishop, with valuable furnishings.
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Touristic area Lower Austria
In the heart of Europe and always a border region: Lower Austria has always attracted people and powers that ensured an eventful history and an exceedingly rich cultural heritage. The palette ranged from small and old, like the Venus from Willendorf, to big and modern, like the Landhausviertel and the cultural district in St. Pölten, the newest capital city in Europe. However, Lower Austria’s special geographic location has not only brought forward a rich cultural heritage, but thanks to the meeting of the alpine and the Pannonian, as well as northern and southern climate zones it also has brought forward an unforgettable diversity of landscapes. Flood plain forests and steppes, mountain pastures and lakes, gorges and hilly terrain, river valleys and marshlands: there is hardly any other place in Europe where so many different landscapes come together so harmoniously in such close proximity. This vacation country along the Danube River is scenically charming and culturally rich!