MUSA Museum Startgalerie Artothek

Museum Startgalerie Artothek (MUSA) is situated in an office building owned by the City of Vienna. Constructed in 1916 as one of the first reinforced concrete structures, it was designed by August Kirstein, a disciple of Friedrich von Schmidt. Originally, its premises housed the Poor Relief Register, whose cashier’s counters and waiting hall were located in the current exhibition rooms. In 1921, the premises were adapted for Wiener öffentliche Küchen (Vienna Public Kitchens, WÖK) and retained their function as a WIGAST self-service restaurant into the 1990s.