The EBOARDMUSEUM is considered the world's largest collection of electronic keyboard instruments and is located in the center of Klagenfurt am Wörthersee in Austria. It was founded in 1987 by musician, teacher and technician Gert Prix.
Like so many museums, the EBOARDMUSEUM began in the living room at home. Okay, vintage car and streetcar museums excluded...
When more and more museum visitors in the children's room interfered with the family life, it quickly became clear: a separate space was needed. And that's what we found: windowless and below sea level. Or something like that. In any case, a real underground museum.
At the beginning of the 2000s, Gert Prix was startled. A state radio station suddenly called the EBOARDMUSEUM Austria's largest museum of its kind! Superlatives also mean responsibility... Was this project compatible with his profession as a teacher of mathematics, computer science and music?
Soon a small but very fine team formed around Gert. The musicians and technology wizards Peter Mayr, Manfred Jammer, his band colleague Tom Piber as polymath, the graduate web designer Karl Salbrechter and of course Gerti Prix as wife. Her emotional outbursts in this regard to this day include enthusiasm, horror, serenity and probably love.
After exactly 20 years of painful preparatory work - no, no, it was always fun - the official opening finally took place on October 5, 2007 in the center of Klagenfurt, in the immediate vicinity of the vacation dream of Lake Wörthersee. In a former furniture store, which with its cozy retro charm and excellent infrastructure absolutely deserves the attribute grandiose!
But what prompted Gert Prix to pursue this project with such intensity? "It was and is certainly a fascination for the incredible technical pioneering spirit of the past decades, a sound world that inevitably touches and also certainly the fulfillment of a youthful dream, when such musical instruments were absolutely unattainable for a student."
Meanwhile, the EBOARDMUSEUM is number one in the world, the largest museum of its species, where about 2,000 exhibits are not behind glass or in showcases, but where visitors are invited to try out the instruments and mix their fingerprints with those of world stars. This is also unique!
As unique as the visitors of the museum, who also involve themselves in the meantime hundreds of concerts directly in the EBOARDMUSEUM in such an appreciative and respectful way that one finally knows as a museum operator, for what one invests 60 weekly hours voluntarily...