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Photomuseum Bad Ischl

The historic photography collection of Hans Frank, unique exhibits and changing special exhibitions are on display in the noble “marble castle”, the former tea house of Empress Elisabeth. Highlights from the Frank collection are presented, which give an impressive insight into the history of analogue photography from its early days into the 20th century. Historic cameras and image objects tell exciting stories ranging, for example, from the portrait needs of mid-19th century bourgeoisie to the professional photography and camera industry in Austria, to art and snapshooters at the turn of the century and the development of photography in the Bad Ischl summer resort. A special focus is the themed area of “Empress Elisabeth and photography”.

With the Bad Ischler Jahres-Kurkarte [Annual culture card] you receive discounted admission to the Photomuseum Bad Ischl.

The Photomuseum Bad Ischl is uniquely linked to the collector Hans Frank (1908 – 1987). The first important impulses for the scientific study of the history of photography in Austria emanated from here in the early 1980s. As one of the first in the German-speaking region the photographer and photo historian Hans Frank compiled an important cultural-historical collection of the history of photography. After he initially compiled private display rooms at various locations in Salzburg, the extensive collection of over 15,000 objects was purchased by the State of Upper Austria in 1975.

Austria’s first photography museum opened in the marble palace in Bad Ischl in 1978. Following an extensive redesign, the Photomuseum shines with a new radiance in the tea house of Empress Elisabeth!

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