General Information

Porcia Castle offers 1001 possibilities to understand and experience every-day culture from past times on two floors. "Taking part is admitted" is the magic wor against boredom. The Folk Culture Museum with its 47 thematic sections is among the largest museums within the alpine area. Cinemas and multimedia terminals are modern sources of information.

A private association leads the Museum of Folk Art and Tradition, founded in 1958 by Prof. Helmut Prasch. Most of the people working here are volunteers, who donate their time because of their staunch belief in the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of our region. In time, the museum became one of the four biggest folklore collection in Austria, with focus on “Life and work of farmers in mountain regions”. Extensions of local offices in 1968 are dedicated to special collections. Dr. Hartmut Prasch emphasized the features with technical and education based symposium.

In the area of museum education, a number of innovative projects were launched (MUKI= Museum for children), for which the museum was presented in 1989 the “1. Kleinen Österreichischen Museumspreis” and the title “Lieblingsmuseum der Österreichischen Kinder”. Since 1991, the museum bear the name „Museum of Folk Art and Tradition” and in 1993, the museum was completely renovated and redesigned.



9. April - 26. October 2017

daily 9:00 to 18:00 Uhr

(last admission 17:00 Uhr)

27. October 2017 - 6. April 2018

Monday - Thursday  13:00 to 16:00 Uhr

(last admission 15:00 Uhr, closed on holidays)

Guided tours are possible, after advanced booking, year through.
Tel.: +43 4762 2890, E-Mail:


adult € 8,00
children, pupils, students, handicapped people € 4,00


Getting There

BY CAR: Spittal town centre - Porcia Renaissance Castle. Car park: Police courtyard Porcia,

BY TRAIN: (railway lines 220, 223): central information desk for railway and bus connecntions 05/1717, bus information desk: 04762/5214-0



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A private association called “Friends of the Museum” runs the Museum of Folk Art and Tradition, founded in 1958 by Prof. Helmut Prasch. On your way round you will see about 20.000 objects, all of which have been donated to the museum by the inhabitants of the region.

The various themes out of the wide spectrum of Folk Art and tradition represent the way of living and working in an area characterized by the natural structure of the Alps. The presentation in our museum depends especially on the objects as authentic three-dimensional documents. We hope, that we can offer you an interesting and attracting visit of the Museum of Folk Art and Tradition, so that you will have fond memories of our exhibitions and castle Porcia.


Bezirksheimatmuseum e.V.

Burgplatz 1
9800 Spittal an der Drau

  0043 4762 2890


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