Museums-Management - Unternehmensführung eines öffentlichen Kulturbetriebs

Teresa Mitterlehner-Marchesani
Art Sciences and Art Education, Expanded Museum Studies
2024S, scientific seminar (SEW), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S05098


Running a Museum - Management and Governance for a public Museum Entity 

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Since their spin-off from the federal administration, Austria's federal museums are independently managed economic units owned by the federal government. As scientific institutions under public law, they house Austria's important collections and are dedicated to their research, care and preservation. Museums have now also become important economic factors, especially for city tourism and the overall national cultural offerings. As companies, they are increasingly required to prove their profitability.

The course aims to convey what defines museums as non-profit institutions, how they are structured and how their work is organized. In addition to ownership relationships, decision-makers and legal framework conditions, the focus will be on whow scientific work and economic requirements are beeing matched.

Unit 1 - Fri. March 8, 2024: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m

The museum as institution: legal basis, ownership structure, regulatory, stakeholders, core tasks

Unit 2 - Fri. April 12, 2024: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m

The museum as organizational framework: work areas, functions, job profiles and required qualifications

Unit 3 - Fri. May 3, 2024: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m

The museum as business: finance, contract design, processes and control mechanisms

Unit 4 - June 7, 2024 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m

The museum as scientific institution: Bringing together scientific aims with business necessities

It is planned to combine the theoretical part with practical case studies (individual or group work). A Joint museum visit is possible


Examination Modalities

Grading based on attendance,  participation and practical work

No written exam

75% attendance is kindly requested - plse. no unexcused absence



For inquiries plse contact me via email

Key Words

Kulturmanagement, Museum, Unternehmensführung, Öffentlich-rechtlich


08 March 2024, 09:30–12:30 Seminar Room Postgasse , "Das Museum als Institution: rechtliche Grundlagen, Eigentumsverhältnisse, Regulatorien, Stakeholder, Aufgaben"
12 April 2024, 09:30–12:30 Seminar Room Postgasse , "ATTENTION: NEW Starting time! The museum as an organization: work areas, functions, job profiles and qualifications"
03 May 2024, 09:30–12:00 Seminar Room Postgasse , "Das Museum als Betrieb: Finanzierung, Vertragsgestaltung, Prozesse und Kontrollen"
07 June 2024, 15:30–18:00 Seminar Room Postgasse , "Das Museum als Wissenschaftliche Anstalt: Das Zusammenspiel von Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft"

Course Enrolment

From 15 February 2024, 00:00 to 07 March 2024, 23:59
Via online registration

Expanded Museum Studies (Master): Expanded Museum Studies: Expanded Museum Studies 537/002.01

Expanded Museum Studies (Master): Electives: Legal Matters 537/080.01

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Wissenschaft, Theorie, Geschichte: Urheberrecht, Vertragsrecht, Medienrecht 567/208.04

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible