The Austrian Theatre Museum presents exhibitions on the themes central to the history of theatre-from spoken theatre to dance, from puppet shows to cinema and from pantomime to opera.
It brings together more than 100,000 hand sketches, nearly 1,000 stage prop and stage architecture models, over 700,000 photos, around 2,000 pieces of memorabilia having to do with famous actors and actresses, authors and composers, autographs of figures including Beethoven, Goethe and Mahler, Klimt’s painting “Nuda Veritas” and costumes, some of which were made according to designs by Kokoschka and Wotruba. With nearly 2 million items in its collections, it is probably the world’s largest museum of its kind. And to academics and anyone else interested in theatre, its archive represents an inestimably valuable resource. The library contains around 80,000 books and periodicals. A special room is dedicated to art nouveau artist Richard Teschner (1879-1948) and his revolutionary theatre of figures, the so-called Figurenspiegel (Figure Mirror) (performance dates/times). The unique quality of the theatre museum consists last but not least in its location next to the Hofburg: the magnificent baroque Palais Lobkowitz with its famous Eroica Hall, in which Beethoven gave numerous concerts.
The Bank Austria Kunstforum is the top address for art lovers, especially for classical modern painting of the post-war years. Every year, 300,000 people visit the temporary exhibitions held in this private institution, shows that are unique across the globe. Leading museums present their works here as well as private collectors. Whether van Gogh or Miró, Kandinsky or Chagall, Warhol or Lichtenstein, the great names of art are united here. Since 2000, there have also been exhibitions devoted to contemporary artists.
This house in the Vienna suburb of Heiligenstadt is dedicated to a crucial and devastating event in the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. It recalls the "Heiligenstädter Testament" he wrote in 1802 – the letter to his two brothers which he never sent and in which he expressed his despair over his advancing deafness.
The exhibits document the background to this intimate testament, to the compositions of the summer of 1802, and to the summer resort of Heiligenstadt at that time. A second room takes a look at the last months in the life of the composer, and his death in the Schwarzspanierhaus, which no longer exists.
The "Pasqualatihaus", named after its owner Josef Benedikt Baron Pasqualati, was built in the eighteenth century and is located on Mölker Bastei, part of the remains of the old city fortifications.
Altogether Ludwig van Beethoven worked in Vienna for thirty-five years. Thereof he spent eight years living in this apartment on the fourth floor. The spectacular view over the then still undeveloped site of the fortification approaches towards the northern and north-western suburbs of Vienna kept drawing the composer back to Mölker Bastei after his various short stays in the country.
Here he worked on his 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies, among others, and above all on his opera "Fidelio". Besides numerous documents illustrating the life and work of Beethoven, there is the famous 1804/05 portrait of Beethoven by Willibrord Joseph Mähler and many personal items owned by the composer.
The Clock Museum is one of the most noteworthy collections of its kind in the whole of Europe. It was opened in 1921 in the centre of Vienna, and is housed in an authentically styled historical Viennese building resting upon medieval foundation walls.
Every full hour, three whole floors resound with chimes, strikes, music and bells of the countless clocks, all kept to time. The museum leads the public through the development of chronometry and timekeeping technology from the fifteenth century to the present day.
The greatest possible variety of clock types of international provenance are on show. Visitors are amazed by the ingenuity of the picture clocks with hidden dials. The astrononomical clock by David Cajetano is an eighteenth century sensation, with a multitude of technical refinements.
Table clocks on stands with rich figural ornaments manifest the clock's function as a social status symbol. There are exquisite examples of Viennese Biedermeier and belle époque models. A visit to the Clock Museum has the visitor positively dancing to the rhythm of time through a kaleidoscopic history of culture and technology.
HAUS DER MUSIK is located in the former Palais of Erzherzog Carl (1771 – 1847). 2000 the whole building has been renovatged and HAUS DER MUSIK has been opened. The inner courtyard which has been roofed with glas, the top floor (including the event hall) as well as two floors which also offer a unique view over Vienna can be booked as needed.
Joseph Haydn acquired the residential home in Gumpendorf, at the time one of the more outlying of the Viennese suburbs, in between his two stays in England. He extended it by one storey and moved in in 1797 at the advanced age of 64. He spent the last twelve years of his life in this house, and died here, on May 31, 1809. The exhibition focuses on Joseph Haydn’s music, the way he lived and aged. Haydn’s popularity and reputation at this time had reached its zenith.
Situated in an idyllic setting in the middle of the former imperial hunting grounds, now Lainzer Tiergarten, is the "Palace of Dreams", as Empress Elisabeth once called her villa. Emperor Francis Joseph gave it to her in the hope of persuading his wife – a keen traveller – to spend more time in Vienna.
It took over five years for the famous Ringstrasse architect Carl von Hasenauer to build the villa, a model for many romantic country houses devised for the haute bourgeoisie. The villa took its name from the statue of "Hermes as Guardian" standing in the garden.
The first exhibition of the new Jewish Museum Vienna opened on 7 March 1990 in temporary premises at the Jewish Community offices in Seitenstettengasse. A significant part of the exhibition was made up of the Judaica collection by Max Berger that had been recently acquired from the city of Vienna. In 1992 the Museum was able to transfer to its present home in Palais Eskeles at Dorotheergasse 11. After renovation and adaption of this historical building, the Museum was reopened in 1993. The library in the Jewish Community offices has been open to the public since 1994. Alterations were carried out to Palais Eskeles in 1995-96 to adapt it to the needs of a modern museum. At this time the permanent exhibition, Installation of Memory in the auditorium, the holograms and the Viewable Storage Area were installed. Since 1998 the archive with its growing collection of material relating to the history of Jewish Vienna has also been open to the public. On 25 October 2000 a branch of the Jewish Museum Vienna was opened on Judenplatz at the same time as the unveiling of the memorial to the 65,000 Austrian Jews exterminated by the Nazis designed by the British artist Rachel Whiteread and erected at the instigation of Simon Wiesenthal.
In 1867 in this apartment, Johann Strauss composed the world-famous waltz "The Blue Danube", Austria's "unofficial national anthem"! Strauss lived seven years on Praterstrasse, then a fashionable and elegant Viennese suburban street. His own instruments, furniture and paintings illustrate Strauss's work as a composer, musician and conductor, but the whole presentation brings Strauss close to us in private as well, a man who married three times, an enthusiast at billiards and cards, and a caricaturist. Moreover, there are reminiscences of his other apartments, the Vienna ballrooms and concert halls of his time, and also the other composers in the family circle: Johann Strauss the Elder and the talented brothers Josef and Eduard.
The Museum Hundertwasser presents a unique cross-section of the oeuvre of the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000), including key paintings as well as graphic works, applied art, architectural designs and examples of the artist's ecological commitment.
The Museum Hundertwasser is part of KUNST HAUS WIEN, which was established in 1991 on the basis of the Hundertwasser's philosophy and artistic principles. The architectural remodelling of the former Thonet furniture factory was effected in accordance with Hundertwasser's own designs.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna numbers among the most important European museum buildings put up during the 19th century.
The monumental structure, built at the behest of Emperor Franz Joseph I as part of his expansion of the city in 1858, was intended to both unite and appropriately represent the artistic treasures that had been collected by the Habsburgs over the centuries. Construction work lasted 20 years, from when ground was first broken in 1871 to the museum building’s completion in the year 1891.
The bright, imposing cube housing the Leopold Museum, which almost looks as if it is floating, does not stand in parallel with the protracted main building of the MuseumsQuartier in front of it, but lies on a parallel axis with the Kunsthistorisches Museum on the other side of the street.
The big atrium awash with light is the central starting point for visiting this so complacent construction. There are two floors to the top and two floors down. Only the exhibition rooms on the lowest floor are entirely lit without daylight and are therefor ideal for graphic art or modern art projects. On every floor the rectangular rooms revolve around the center of the lower and the upper atrium. By striding through the exhibition rooms one will not only get surprised by art but again and again by the above mentioned insights, vistas and views.
The Military History Museum was built according to plans of Ludwig Foerster and Theophil Hansen from 1850 to 1856 and was thus the first Viennese museum. The styles of this town's oldest historic building range from Byzantine, Hispano-Moorish to Neo-Gothic. In five major sections the museum shows the history of the Habsburg empire from the end of the 16th century until 1918 and Austria's fate after the dissolution of the monarchy up to the year 1945.
Domgasse 5 is the only one of Mozart’s apartments in Vienna that still exists today. The composer lived in Mozarthaus Vienna from 1784 to 1787 in grand style, with four large rooms, two small ones and a kitchen. The life and works of this musical genius are presented in and around this apartment on four exhibition levels. In addition to the historical Mozart apartment visitors can find out about the times in which Mozart lived and his most important works. The exhibition focuses on his years in Vienna, which marked a high point in his creativity. The tour starts on the 3rd floor of the building with details of Mozart’s time in Vienna: where he lived and performed, who his friends and supporters were, his relationship to the Freemasons, his passion for games and much more. The presentation on the 2nd floor deals with Mozart’s operatic works, and the apartment on the 1st floor focuses on the two and a half years that Mozart and his family lived there.
A shop, a café, a concert hall and the Learning Center in the basement of Mozarthaus Vienna complete the offer.
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.
The Museum of Ethnology in Vienna is one of the most significant ethnological museums in the world. Its collections comprise more than 200,000 ethnographic objects, 25,000 historical photographs, 136,000 printed works, and over 300 kilometres of film on the history, culture, and quotidian life of predominantly non-European peoples.
The Museum of Natural History Vienna is among the largest of its kind and one of the most important museums in Europe. In 39 exhibition halls thousands of objects representing the earth and life sciences convey an impression of the breathtaking diversity of nature.
Three exceptional collections and the archive of the Kunsthistorisches Museum are located in the Neue Burg on Heldenplatz.
The Collection of Arms and Armour presents magnificent suits of armour and ceremonial arms, one of the best and largest collections in the world. The Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments includes the most significant collection of Renaissance instruments. The Ephesus Museum reflects the sometime grandeur and brilliance of the antique Mediterranean city.
Not only the collections – also the building itself with its remarkable architecture makes a visit worthwhile. The monumental wing of the Vienna Hofburg was not originally planned as a museum, but was to house the new living quarters of the emperor. No cost was spared in the decoration of the interior – still evidenced today by the gigantic stairway and the magnificent marble hall.
The court pavilion Hietzing was completed in 1899. Designed in unique modern style and completed with opulent art nouveau interior decoration in 1899, the building was to serve all the needs of Emperor Franz Josef and his entourage. It is a potent embodiment of Otto Wagner’s artistic vision, which was to inspire the development of 20th-century architecture.
Breathing fresh life into a jewel of art nouveau: a permanent exhibition documenting Otto Wagner is being presented in the Stadtbahn Pavilion on Karlsplatz. He was a trailblazer of modernism and one of Vienna's most influential architects: Otto Wagner. Yet there has never been a permanent exhibition documenting the life and work of this versatile architect. This gap is now filled by the Otto Wagner Pavilion, part of the Wien Museum and one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Vienna. This trade mark of Art Nouveau on Karlsplatz has been redesigned inside by the BWM architects' office and, from 26 August, will provide the authentic background for a close-packed Otto Wagner presentation. It documents the genesis of Wagner's most famous designs, including the Church in Steinhof, the K.K. Postsparkassenamt (Post Office Savings Bank), as well as the revolutionary Stadtbahn project (light urban railway) and the modern residential buildings. It will also reveal another perspective: Otto Wagner as a radical theorist and polemicist against traditionalism and the cliché of the "idyll".Besides numerous documents, the show includes two models and is not only a fascinating homage to the architect - it also invites the visitor to set off through the city of Vienna and explore his trail. The curators of the Otto Wagner Documentation are Renata Kassal-Mikula and Isabelle Exinger; Erwin Bauer is the graphic designer.
Something as special as the Prater itself is the Prater Museum in the planetarium building. It gives a vivid impression of the changes in the history of Viennese entertainment culture, and is as fascinating as it is bizarre and spine-chilling.
Amusement and melancholy make a poignant mix in such things as the "International Marriage Agency" automatic fortune-telling machine, the legendary ventriloquist doll "Max" (which inspired Helmut Qualtinger!), or a dragon (lindworm) from a grotto ride torn down a long time ago. he large original model of the 1873 Vienna World Exhibition reminds the visitor of both the city’s desire to show off its best side and a painful flop – visitors stayed away because the threat of cholera hung over the city. The homunculus shoes, the giant's suit and the "Bodiless Lady" are relics of the freak and sensation shows of the late nineteenth century, so alienating to today's taste. Vienna's legendary "strong men" are also represented in the show.
REAKTOR - former establishment Gschwandner | Three halls from the Viennese fin-de-siècle, originally built as a wine tavern and later as ballrooms, the ensamle reopened in 2018 as REAKTOR, a place of the arts.
Were all Romans Italians? What did a legionary do in peace time? What was life like in Vindobona?
Find the answers to these questions here in the new Roman Museum from the spring of 2008 onwards! Fascinating archaeological finds enable you actively to experience the Roman history of Vienna – both of the city and the culture. You can already catch a glimpse of a Roman legionary’s life in the basement - take the entrance to the left via the steps into the basement.
This is the house where the great composer Franz Schubert was born on 31 January 1797. It was then called "Zum roten Krebsen" (The Red Crab) and was situated in the Viennese suburb of Himmelpfortgrund. Here Schubert spent the first four and a half years of his childhood. The apartment of the large family consisted solely of one room and a "Rauchkuchl" (kitchen with open fire). Today a large part of the top floor is dedicated to the memory of the composer. It presents an impressive documentation of his musical development, his circle of friends, and the important stages of his life. One of the rooms shows numerous portraits of the composer. But the item that frequently fascinates the public most is a seemingly unspectacular pair of spectacles belonging to the composer, which became the "trademark" of Schubert veneration.
The house also includes the Stifter memorial rooms. Some fifty paintings demonstrate the great Austrian author's talent as a painter.
In the former living quarters and office of Sigmund Freud in the house at Berggasse 19 in Vienna's ninth district, the Sigmund Freud Museum presents an exhibition documenting the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud lived and worked in this house from 1891 until 1938, when on 4 June he was forced by the National Socialists to flee with his family into exile in England.
The interior decoration of the museum was carried out in 1971 with the help of Anna Freud, Sigmund Freud's youngest daughter. Original furnishings, including the waiting room, a selection from Freud’s collection of antiquities, and signed copies and first editions of his works provide a glimpse into Freud's biography, his cultural environment and the development of psychoanalysis.
Supersense is an analog delicatesse in the landmarked Dogenhof near Praterstern in Vienna and appeals with its amazing products to all five senses. Arranged in the categories TASTE, SEE, FEEL, HEAR and SMELL the products of the future and past meet in a unique way. After enjoying the probably best coffee in Vienna in the front area, you can record your own 90-seconds-Vinylsingle, take a picture with the worlds biggest polaroid camera or discover endless other curiosities in the rear area of this cabinet of wonder.
On an area of 22.000 square meters, the Technisches Museum Wien offers a wide range of fascinating insights into the world of technology. Unique exhibits from the past to the present make the house a venue for exploring exciting technological developments. Texts, films, and experiments illustrate the mutual influence between technological achievements and society, economy and culture. Granting each visitor an individual approach, multimedia presentations make every tour through the museum a personal experience. Besides the exhibitions in the museum itself, the Österreichische Mediathek and the Railway Museum Strasshof convey an even more comprehensive notion of specific fields.
The Wien Museum has an exceptional position in the rich landscape of the Viennese museums: Its collections are a blend of art and history that leads the visitor down Vienna's path through the centuries. What you see are inestimable art treasures. What you feel is a city and its myth.