In May 1992 the „Schrift- und Heimatmuseum Bartlhaus“ (Bartlhaus Calligraphy and Local Heritage Museum) was officially opened in Pettenbach, in the Upper Austrian Alm valley.
Pettenbach is the only municipality in Austria to boast a museum that deals with calligraphy and bookplate art. A dedicated promotional society, on the initiative of the founders Leopold Feichtinger, Prof. Friedrich Neugebauer und Dr. Ottmar Premstaller, created this cultural attraction with support from public and private funds. Temporary personal exhibitions present works from domestic and foreign calligraphy and bookplate artists and open up this special art form to a wider audience.
In the course of time several branches are consolidated:
- Bookplate cabinet
- Permanent exhibition Leopold Feichtinger
- Permanent exhibition Prof. Friedrich Neugebauer
- Printing workshop
- Permanent exhibition of rural furnishing, commodity and old agricultural equipment