In 1972, the Law on the Liechtenstein National Museum Foundation under Public Law defined the funding, duties, spirit and purpose for the Liechtenstein National Museum. This institution collects, maintains and displays Liechtenstein’s cultural property and promotes understanding of the culture and history of Liechtenstein.
Since 1977, Liechtenstein has had legislation to protect historical sites, which is to be replaced by a more comprehensive Law on the Protection of Cultural Assets in the future.
According to the consultation report on the Law on the Protection of Cultural Assets adopted by the government in August 2012, the plan is to restructure historical preservation and the protection of archaeological heritage and cultural assets. The bill responds to the changing demands and presents a modern law. The preservation of monuments and their organisation will be rearranged; issues relating to archaeology are presented in a more detailed way than in the past and the protection of cultural assets undergoes for the first time a legal framework that entered into force in 2013.
The Archives Act of 1997 defines the contents of the National Archives and the nature of state archives, the administration and protection of archive property and its use.