Special exhibitions

Decentralised provincial exhibition

In SalzburgerLand, Upper Austria and in Tirol, special exhibitions will be devoted to the anniversary of the world-famous Christmas song starting from autumn 2018 onwards.

State exhibit

Salzburg is celebrating a premiere: A total of nine museums and venues are joining forces to form the decentralised provincial exhibition “Silent Night” from Michaelmas on 29 September 2018 until 3 February 2019. The museums in Arnsdorf and Oberndorf, the Salzburg Museum in the province’s capital, the Silent Night Museum Hallein, the new museum in the Pflegerschlössl in Wagrain and the Mariapfarr museum in the Lungau region show different facets of the song and its creator. Hintersee, where Joseph Mohr worked as a vicar for a decade, invites you to experience the new theme trail around the history of the place, the preservation of the creation and the sound in nature. Across the SalzburgerLand borders, Hochburg-Ach in Upper Austria, the birthplace of Franz Xaver Gruber, and Fügen are participating locations also, as the international dissipation of the song originated from the Zillertal valley.

What is special about this concept is the diversity of the participating locations – from the large Salzburg Museum to the smaller regional museums with their specific distinguishing factors. The school in Arnsdorf, for example, where Franz Xaver Gruber was a teacher and where he probably composed the melody, is by no means only a museum. It is indeed the oldest primary school building in Austria that is still in use. For the organisers, this variety of museums is a challenge and a special attraction for visitors! The exhibition and accompanying programme is created with focus on the regional identities and characteristics of each place and is in the hands of the local organisors. The Silent Night 2018 GmbH, a non-profit organization of the Province of Salzburg, is responsible for overall organisation and promotion.

(c) Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH, State exhibit poster

(c) Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH, State exhibit poster


You can already look forward to a wide range of experiences and impressions, a multifaceted view of the song, its origins, how it spread and its message today as well as a varied accompanying programme for the 2018 provincial exhibition!

More information and contact:

Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH
Zugallistraße 12, 5020 Salzburg
Ph. +43 662 8042 2472
Email: stillenacht@salzburg.gv.at


Christmas Singing

200 Years “Silent Night”, 135 years “Es wird scho glei dumper”: On the history of Christmas song culture in Upper Austria
Special exhibition at the Schlossmuseum Linz: 01 December 2018 to 02 February 2019

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the popular Christmas song “Silent Night” and the 135th anniversary of “Es wird scho glei dumper”, the reference to Upper Austria regarding these two internationally popular songs will be shown in the special exhibition. It also portrays well-known and less-known pastoral and nativity songs from Upper Austria. Recently produced musical examples complement the predominantly archival objects and bring the Upper Austrian song culture to the stage. In cooperation with the Upper Austrian Volksliedwerk, curated by Dr. Klaus Petermayr.


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