Relocation 1973

The relocation of the Archiepiscopal Cathedral and Diocesan Museum in 1973 was the result of an attempt to strengthen the museum's connection to the Cathedral and to the public. The space in the Baroque state rooms in the Archbishop's Palace at Rotenturmstraße was no longer sufficient and was not easily accessible to visitors. Cardinal König instigated a reorganization of the collection in 1971, and offered the former residence of the Cathedral Provost, located in the Zwettlerhof building at Stephansplatz, to house the museum's expansion. It was now located directly across the street from St. Stephen's Cathedral.

A scholarly assessment of all objects was decided upon, as well as a reorganization of the exhibition which no longer reflected a purely chronological order. The museum curators arranged the objects according to topical commonalities: Gothic panels, Medieval sculptures, Baroque drawings, and Romance painters were each grouped together. The most precious liturgical objects were displayed alongside objects associated with Duke Rudolf IV. in a treasury. Furthermore, the new space allowed for special exhibitions which were mounted twice a year in a seperate area and dealt with specific themes.

In 1982, a further highlight was added to the historic treasures: The Otto Mauer Collection, a definitive collection of Austrian post-war Avant-garde, was incorporated into the museum's holdings.