MAMUZ Castle Asparn and MAMUZ Mistelbach

Castle Asparn is hosting the exhibition ‘Architecture and Life in the Middle Ages’ and Mistelbach is the venue for an exhibition about the ‘MAYANS’.


The exhibition ‘ATTENTION BUILDING SITE. Architecture and Life in the Middle Ages’ will be on display from 18 April to 22 November 2020, which will showcase the work of engineers in the Middle Ages. How did they actually build houses and large palaces in the Middle Ages, what materials and methods did they use? What was the function of each building? To create a clearer picture, an early Middle Age church has been erected in the archaeological outdoor area. Farming and meals from the Middle Ages will also be highlighted in the exhibition, as well as the households and trading in villages, towns, palaces and abbeys across the border area of Lower Austria and the Czech Republic. 


Their settlement area with over one hundred towns was one of the most populous regions in the world during the heyday of between 250 AD and 900 AD. The Mayans formed a community with outstanding achievements in art and knowledge. In the heart of the jungle in Central America, only the impressive stone temples and palaces of this fascinating advanced civilisation survive today. In 2020, the MAMUZ Museum in Mistelbach is honouring the legendary Mayan culture and it will be the first time there has been a comprehensive Mayan exhibition in Austria for 25 years. The exhibition casts an in-depth look on where the Mayans lived in the tropical lowlands and the volcanic mountains of Guatemala. How did the Mayans achieve such cultural feats in difficult environmental conditions between tropical lowlands and volcanic mountains in Guatemala?  How did they organise their lives together and what ultimately were the reasons this civilisation collapsed? The exhibition brings together more than 200 original objects from Central America, a few of which will be displayed in Europe for the first time. The jade exhibits are a must-see.