The vorarlberg museum in Bregenz is the state art and cultural museum of the Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg. It was founded in 1857, and has since been a centre for collection and preservation of the state's art and cultural material. The museum conducts research into this material and makes it available to the public. In terms of content, the museum's work focuses on Vorarlberg material, and at the same time considers this in a context which goes beyond the state's boundaries. The collections, which the museum is attempting both to deepen and to broaden, specialize in archaeology, history, history of art and folklore. The museum co-operates with other national, international and regional cultural institutions.