The main focus of the museum is: the thermal water, the history of the spa, the tradition and the art gallery.
The Gasteiner Museum opened on June 28, 1936 with the "Gasteiner Jubilee Exhibition". One celebrated the 500-year return of the stay of Emperor Friedrich III. The then federal president, governor and mayor attended the event. This personnel shows the appreciation that the official Austria presented to this first Gastein anthology of then director Heinrich von Zimburg. Soon, the museum was enriched by many Gastein families with gifts and loans, including a collecion of paintings of a painter of archduke Johann, a spa department, typical Gastein minerals and a booth with memorabilia from the gold mining industry.
In 1939 after the outbreak of World War II the museum was closed and the loans returned.
In 1946 reconstruction began. A mineral collection of Böckstein collectors became museum inventory.
In the so-called Grillparzer corner of the old Kursaal, the museum couldn`t be developed. In winter 1974/75 the new age started at Haus Austria which provided the premises. After the sale of Haus Austria in October 2008 a relocation of the museum became necessary. By the decision to keep the museum in the center of Bad Gastein, it was opened on November 15, 2011 at the Grand Hotel de l'Europe.
A journey through history
The wonderful springs - The Gasteiner thermal water
The treasure in the Radhausberg - From Tauerngold to Heilstollen
Gastein traditions - Krampusse and Perchten
pictures of traditions
pictures of Nikolaus and Krampus
Karl Heinrich Waggerl and a painting gallery complete the tour of the Gasteiner Museum
Special exhibitions in the Gastein Museum
Historical walks through Bad Gastein are held every Wednesday.
In this two-hour guided tour, a glacier mill, the historic town center, the thermal spring park and the parish and St. Nicholas Church are visited.
Meeting point: Gastein Museum at the Hotel de l`Europe Bad Gastein, Wednesday 3.30 pm.