The history of the Danube Swabians is a remarkable example of European migration and because of this it remains a relevant topic.
The Danube Swabians are a German minority living in South-Eastern Europe. Their ancestors emigrated to Hungary in the 18th and 19th centuries, after being recruited by local landlords and the Viennese Court. It is the history of these people, in this multi-ethnic region on the Danube, that the museum displays in its 1500m2 exhibition space. The museum also illustrates the effects of nationalism and forced migration in the 20th century. In doing this it wishes to make a contribution towards mutual understanding in Europe. Changing temporary exhibitions provide an insight into art, politics, regional studies, history and folklore, both of the Danube Swabians and of their neighbours. The museum’s main topics of focus are coexistence in multi-ethnic areas, aspects relating to cultural diversity and integration, the loss of one’s homeland, and culture of remembrance. A wide-ranging programme of events for all ages invites the visitor to get to know and experience the world along the middle section of the Danube as it was then and as it is today. The museum’s team is always available to inform and advise visitors and help with enquiries.
The heart of the museum is its extensive collection, which encompasses everyday objects, photographs, documents and artworks from a period stretching back over three centuries. Here, the cultural assets from Danube Swabian settlement areas are preserved, researched and made accessible to the public.