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Great World Theatre – 100 Years Salzburg Festival

Provincial exhibition 2020 - A whole century of the Salzburg Festival! Reason enough for Salzburg Museum to dedicate itself to this anniversary in the form of a provincial exhibition at the Neue Residenz. In addition to a chronology of the festival, it presents documents, stories and original pieces from productions over the course of the last 100 years.

Past, Present and Future of the Festival

From 25 April until 31 October 2020, Salzburg Museum hosts a provincial exhibition in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Salzburg Festival. In an exhibition space spanning roughly 1800 m², it provides insights into the past, present and future of this festival of the performing arts. Other than the artistic and cultural development of the Festival, the exposition also places the Festival in the historical, political and economic context of the fortunes of Salzburg City itself.

Place of Encounter

True to Max Reinhardt’s conviction that a theatrical production should engage in an intensive exchange with the audience, the exhibition was conceived as a stage play presented in four chapters. While Chapter 1 "Great Cinema" welcomes guests and introduces the history of the Salzburg Festival through film, Chapter 2 entitled "The Archive" in the magnificent Max-Gandolph Library represents the heart of the exhibition. Here, 100 photographic, film and audio documents along with world-famous props communicate 100 years of Festival history in ways that are appealing and easy to comprehend. In Chapter 3 "Encounter through Dialogue" , the various perspectives of artists and institutions – such as Jewish Museum Vienna, Theater Museum Vienna, the Salzburg State Archive and the Vienna Philharmonic – generate a dialogue that makes the phenomenon that is the Salzburg Festival palpable on all levels. Chapter 4 "On Stage" transforms the Art Hall of Salzburg Museum into a stage for the duration of the exhibition, a stage upon which people with close ties to the Salzburg Festival are given a voice.

  • When does the provincial exhibition take place?
    From 25 April until 31 October 2020. Opening times are always Tuesday to Sunday between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Where will the provincial exhibition be held?
    At Salzburg Museum in the Neue Residenz (Mozartplatz).
  • What is the theme of the provincial exhibition “Great World Theatre”?
    The intent is to introduce visitors to the founding and history of the Salzburg Festival  as well as offer fascinating retrospectives and perspectives.
  • How much does it cost to visit the provincial exhibition?
    Entrance for adults is € 9, youths ages 16 to 26 pay € 4.  Children between 6 and 15 years of age € 3. For children under age 6 as well as holders of the Salzburg Card, admission is free.

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Exhibition period

25. Apr. - 31. Oct. 2020 (Tue-Sun)
  • from 09:00 o'clock


Salzburg Museum
Mozartplatz 1
5020 Salzburg
Tel. +43662 620808-700

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