Archduke Franz Ferdinand's life and work
Here we preserve the memory of the heir apparent Franz Ferdinand and his wife the Duchess Sophie von Hohenberg, who fell victims to a murderous attack in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. They both entered history as the first victims of World War I. How many people suffered the same fate... their common legacy being a challenge to us for the preservation of peace. Visitors to the museum encounter the thin line between joy and suffering, life and death, and enter the varied world of the political thinker, reformer, collector, but above all of the family man Archduke Franz Ferdinand. A moving family story comes to life! Archduke Franz Ferdinand was a “collector and hunter” – to which countless things bear witness. Photos, documents and objects of personal use as well as objects of art, which Franz Ferdinand brought back from his numerous journeys, all present the different aspects of this many-sided character – the politican and officer, the husband and family father, the estate owner and hunter, the art connoisseur and collector, the traveller and cosmopolitan.
His politican vision too of the “United States of Greater Austria” for the preservation of the multinational Danube Monarchy is set out, as well as the troubles in Europe prior to 28 June 1914.
Preview on 2018
For the commemorative year of 2018 in the framework of the EU-project NETWORLD the newly designed permanent exhibition will be presented, in which among other things the following aspects connected with the First World War will be highlighted:
- The assassination in Sarajevo and the deeper causes of the war
- Life in war, experiences and impact from biographical perspectives
- War's end and the new ordering of Europe
- Connection of Artstetten to other local and national World War sites
- Thereby the family Hohenberg wished to fulfil to a greater extent the task they have set themselves of education and work for peace.