Rebecca Loder-Neuhold: The “Missions-ethnographische Museum” of St Gabriel as an Example for European Mission Museums


Using the example of the “Missions-ethnographische Museum” in St Gabriel (Mödling, today Maria Enzersdorf, near Vienna) as a case study, this article looks at the phenomenon of European mission museums and argues that the museum in St Gabriel was seen dominantly from a scholarly perspective. This was itself a part of the scholarly orientation of the SVD (Societas Verbi Divini) congregation (Frs. Schmidt, Koppers, Schebesta, etc.). The article thus places its main focus on the network that included the mission museum, the Museum of Ethnology Vienna, and the University of Vienna.