The Architekturzentrum Wien in the MuseumsQuartier is the Austrian Museum of Architecture. It shows, discusses and researches how architecture and urban development shape the daily lives of all people. Covering an area of 2,000m², the Az W presents international themed exhibitions, a permanent survey exhibition on Austrian architecture and a total of over 500 events a year, ranging from symposia, workshops and lectures to guided tours, urban expeditions, film series and hands-on formats. What can architecture do? A question that concerns us all.
Since 1965, the Film Museum's retrospective programs have taken place at the Museum's own screening venue, located in the Albertina building behind Vienna's State Opera. In the fall of 1989, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the institution, the Film Museum inaugurated its "Invisible Cinema." Based on a concept by Peter Kubelka that was first realized in New York at the Anthology Film Archives in 1970, the Invisible Cinema, with its all black design, serves as a "viewing and listening machine," permitting viewers to focus their concentration with utmost intensity on the film being shown.
Following a period of extensive renovation and expansion at the hands of architects Friedrich Mascher and Erich Steinmayr as well as technical upgrades to the projection and sound system, the cinema re-opened as "Das Unsichtbare Kino 3" ("The Invisible Cinema 3") in 2003.
The venue has 163 seats and two wheelchair spaces, is barrier-free and equipped with an inductive sound system.
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.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) lived, with interruptions, for a total of eight years in the house of his patron Johann Baptist Freiherr von Pasqualati at the Mölkerbastei. The first major work he composed here was the opera "Leonore", which was later renamed "Fidelio" against Beethoven's will. The Pasqualati House has existed in its present form since 1791.
Originally, the Furniture Museum Vienna was the furniture warehouse of the Habsburgs. Today, with 165,000 objects, it represents one of the largest furniture collections in the world. Furniture culture from over three centuries is on display. The collection ranges from the presentation of imperial furniture to a wide variety of furnishing styles such as Biedermeier, Historicism and Viennese Modernism to contemporary furniture design. Changing special exhibitions are devoted in particular to the architecture, design and furniture of the 20th century.
HAUS DER MUSIK is located in the former palace of Archduke Carl (1771 - 1847) in the Seilerstätte in the 1st district. Since the year 2000, the newly renovated building has been home to HAUS DER MUSIK, an interactive experience museum on the subjects of music, Viennese Classicism and sound/sound phenomena. The motif worlds revolve around classical Viennese architecture (magnificent staircase, belletage with Vienna Philharmonic Museum), museum rooms with objects on famous classical composers to modern museum design on the topics of sound production (Science Walls). Interactive games such as the Virtual Conductor or the Stairplay Sound Staircase and the innovative virtual reality laboratory Sonotopia, which was only opened in 2020, are worthy of special mention. The attic level with an event room with stage and a 2-storey event area with bar completes the classic museum operation.
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) spent his last twelve years in Gumpendorf, at that time still the outermost suburb of Vienna. He acquired his house between his journeys to England, added a floor to it and moved into it in 1797 at the age of 65. He also died here on May 31, 1809. On the 200th anniversary of his death in 2009, the permanent exhibition in the Haydnhaus was completely redesigned. There is a focus on the last years of the composer's life, which are linked to the political and social environment of his time. The garden of the house was reconstructed according to historical models and is open to visitors - a green oasis not far from the busy Mariahilfer Strasse.
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.
Inmitten des ehemaligen kaiserlichen Jagdgebietes Lainzer Tiergarten liegt idyllisch eingebettet das "Schloss der Träume", wie Kaiserin Elisabeth ihre Villa einmal nannte. Kaiser Franz Joseph machte sie ihr zum Geschenk, in der Hoffnung, seine reisefreudige Frau damit öfter in Wien halten zu können. In fünfjähriger Bauzeit schuf der bekannte Ringstraßen-Architekt Carl von Hasenauer diesen für viele romantische Landhäuser des Großbürgertums beispielgebenden Bau. Ihren Namen gab der Villa die im Garten stehende Statue "Hermes als Wächter".
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.
Johann Strauss (1825 - 1899) was the most successful scion of the waltz dynasty and as such inevitably the fiercest competitor of his father. He began his career as a composer and conductor of dance and march music, later he also helped the genre of operetta to glorious heights. The most important composition connected with house no. 54 is Opus 314, the waltz "An der schönen blauen Donau", which is called the "unofficial Austrian hymn". It celebrated its premiere on February 15, 1867 in the nearby Dianasaal, now no longer in existence, in a version that seems unusual today - sung by a male choir. One of the numerous exhibits at the memorial site is a precious Amati violin, which, according to a certificate from 1911, was owned by the King of Waltz.
The Judenplatz is located in the Inner City (1st district), in medieval times the center of Jewish life in Vienna.
The square is the setting for the Holocaust Memorial by British artist Rachel Whiteread and a statue of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.
The medieval Jordan House (number 2) is one of the oldest buildings in Vienna. Its façade is still adorned with a Gothic relief depicting, among other elements, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. The house of the Gastgewerbeschule (number 3-4) was one of Mozart's residences in Vienna. The house number 11 was the Bohemian Court Chancellery, built at the beginning of the 18th century based on the plans of Fischer von Erlach, today the Constitutional Court.
Unlike any other place, the Vienna Coffee Museum presents the history of the brown bean and provides insights into the world famous "Viennese coffee house culture", which was declared a UNESCO world heritage.
The museum provides both, information and experience, through past and present exhibits alike. Learn everything about coffee, from the harvest to the product in the cup, in an eventful and visual way.
As the Green Museum, KUNST HAUS WIEN stands out for its innovative and artistic design. Founded by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the museum presents the world's only permanent collection of his works. The Museum Hundertwasser opens up the full spectrum of his work - from his art to his architecture and his ecological commitment. In addition, KUNST HAUS WIEN presents top-class exhibitions on ecology and contemporary photography.
Kunsthalle Wien is dedicated to art and its relations to social change. It produces exhibitions, researches art practices, and supports local and international artists. It seeks to ground its knowledge of international contemporary art in and for Vienna, and advocates for the usefulness of artistic thinking in the wider public sphere.
Kunsthalle Wien, as an urban institution, presents national and international contemporary art at both its locations at Museumsquartier and Karlsplatz. Designed by the architect duo Ortner & Ortner the Winterreithalle (winter riding arena) of the Hofstallungen (Imperial Mews) at Museumsquartier was extended by a functional annex which combines the historic building with contemporary architecture. Two halls with different interior profiles provide space for exhibitions of contemporary art. At Karlsplatz this glass pavilion designed by Adolf Krischanitz, is the second location of Kunsthalle Wien and presents a wide-ranging program of exhibitions and events.
Künstlerhaus, one of the largest art associations in Austria, was built in 1868 as a center for culture and art. Positioned centrally at the Karlsplatz, its form and layout are based on the design of an Italian renaissance villa. Following a thorough restoration phase, the building continues to echo its original plan, however it is now provided with high-end technology and equipment, allowing to proceed with various types of exhibitions and events. Furthermore, the Stadkino (former Künstlerhauskino with a historic hall dating back to 1948) as well as the hospitality spaces of Ludwig & Adele (including a café, a restaurant and a bar) are located in the Künstlerhaus building.
Mozarthaus Vienna presents the life and work of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, with particular emphasis on his Vienna years from 1781 to 1791, in a unique setting in the heart of Vienna close to St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Domgasse 5 is the only one of Mozart’s apartments in Vienna that still exists today. The composer lived in Mozarthaus Vienna in grand style, nowhere else did he compose more music.
Visitors can see not only the historical apartment but also an extensive presentation of major works by Mozart and of the times in which he lived.
The "MQ Libelle" is located on the rooftop of the Leopold Museum, built as an extension to the MuseumsQuartier. The terrace is free to access for the public and hosts an iconic dragon-fly design building, planed by architect Laurids Ortner, providing one of the most beautiful views on Vienna City.
Complementary to the architecture, permanent artworks were implemented: "veiled" by Eva Schlegel spreads over the glass hull of the "MQ Libelle" and on the terrace itself the installation "Lichtkreise" ("light circles") by Brigitte Kowanz illuminates the terrace itself.
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.
Enjoy art and culture, meet interesting people, be inspired, or simply relax – covering over 20 acres and with 60 cultural institutions, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is not only one of the world’s largest hubs for contemporary art but also an oasis of calm in the heart of the city.
MQ Main Courtyard (c) Hertha Hurnaus
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.
The OTTO WAGNER PAVILION at Karlsplatz was built in 1898 in the course of the construction of the city railroad. Otto Wagner designed two identically designed portal buildings. Today, the Wien Museum uses the western pavilion, from where the trains once ran to Hütteldorf. An art nouveau jewel was brought to new life: Since the summer of 2005, the Otto Wagner Pavilion on Karlsplatz has housed a permanent documentation of the life and work of the great Austrian architectural artist.
In 1766 Joseph II opened the imperial hunting grounds to the general public. Carousels and puppet theater, but also spectacular fireworks and flight experiments were the first attractions. The Prater Museum in the Planetarium offers the chance to immerse into the history of this special Viennese place.
Vindobona was the name of the legionary camp that was located almost 2000 years ago in the area of today's Vienna city center. It served to secure the northern border of the Imperium Romanum. In the basement of the Roman Museum you can see the remains of two tribune houses, the most important Roman excavation in Vienna. The exhibition focuses on the buildings of Vindobona and the everyday life of soldiers and the population. The 300 exhibits are supplemented with digital reconstructions.
Franz Schubert spent the first four and a half years of his life in the house at Nußdorfer Strasse 54, where he was born in the kitchen of the small apartment on January 31, 1797. Most of his biography is illustrated and documented here: Schubert's education, his musical development, his family and friends.
Sigmund Freud lived with his family at the world-famous address Berggasse 19 for 47 years and conducted his ordination before he had to flee from National Socialism in 1938. Here you can find out about the founder of psychoanalysis what you always wanted to know! A completely new exhibition brings you closer to the life and work of Sigmund Freud and his daughter Anna as well as the history of the house.
The MuseumsQuartier complex is accessed from passageways on all sides. Elongated, barrel-vaulted passages dating back to the baroque era connect the individual courtyards to one another. A Q21 initiative saw the establishment of several “micro museums” within the MQ complex in the form of themed passages. Permanent ceiling paintings are complemented by changing exhibitions shown in the passages, programmed by external curators.
The STREET ART PASSAGE VIENNA as public space presents works by international and local street artists. A permanent installation titled “Invaded Bridge” was conceptualized by French artist Invader, and Lois Weinberger provided the passage with a permanent text installation on the elevator tower. Curated by Sebastian Schager. www.betonblumen.org
Combining historical grace and modern technology on 22.000m², the Technisches Museum Wien offers a broad variety of exhibition objects ranging from the collections of Emperor Franz I. and Ferdinand I. to innovative and virtual elements.
Bright hallways with skylight domes, a magnificent middle hall, large galleries and a Jugendstil ballroom.
THE AUSTRIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY’S GLOBE MUSEUM, HOUSED IN THE SPLENDID AMBIENCE OF THE BAROQUE Palais Mollard in Vienna’s inner city, is THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND WORLDWIDE. The exhibition area presents more than 250 objects, including exclusive terrestrial and celestial globes, lunar and planetary globes, as well as planetariums, lunariums, tellurions, and a number of astronomical instruments.
The focus is on terrestrial and celestial globes made before 1850, a field in which the museum holds one of the largest globe collections in the world.
One of the most important watch collections in Europe is housed in an old Viennese house in the city center: here you can embark on a journey through time from the Middle Ages to the recent past. 700 precious watches from all over the world tell not only of scientific progress and technical precision, but also of social upheavals and trends in craftsmanship and design. Every hour on the hour, the beating, ringing and playing of many of the watches kept in motion fills the three floors.
The Wien Museum MUSA will be used during the reconstruction phase of the Wien Museum on Karlsplatz as a location for the cultural-historical theme exhibitions.
The MUSA Artothek offers all people living in Vienna the opportunity to borrow art for their own living space. The changing stock of artworks from the Wien Museum's collection consists of approximately 1,900 graphics.
The MUSA Startgalerie of the City of Vienna acts as a support gallery for young artists. Since 1987, graduates of art universities have had the opportunity to present themselves to the public in the form of a personal exhibition.