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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

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Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number:
+43 1 58753070
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses...

In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze," a 30-meter-long interpretation of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony."

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What an amazing building: the exterior is just pure Art Deco with addition of a gold dome...and some Klimt. Frankly I think that just looking at it from the outside is... read more

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was a bit pricey for what's inside in my opinion. The building architecture is great and so is its story. But the only thing I thought was worth seeing was the Beethoven's frieze. I was expecting more work of Klimt but there was only this piece.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing building: the exterior is just pure Art Deco with addition of a gold dome...and some Klimt. Frankly I think that just looking at it from the outside is enough...but everyone is different!

Thank Travelaround59
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting exterior to the building and the place for the renovated resited Beethoven freeze,include as part of a tour as it seemed a little tricky to get to

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While I enjoy modern as much as the next person, apart from the Klimt I found this a little too abstract and meaningless for me. I dug deep in my psyche to understand what I was seeing but nothing came to me. In summary too short on art

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Give the entrance fee of I think 9,50 per person, I do not think this is value for money. The building itself is a wonderful example of Jugendstil but inside there are only very few paintings, albeit famous, from Klimt (see photos). We were outside in less than 15 minutes.

Thank Johan17
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My father really wanted to go in.... I voted for just looking at the building from the outside...he won (and paid). It was really worth the time and money. Not just the basement installation of the Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt which is the main attraction, but the architecture of the place. No need to spend more than 30 minutes... More 

Thank Lotte A
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Secession Building has an unusual history, and is worth a visit by anyone with a serious interest in art. Founded by a group of artists c. 1900, it is still managed by artists. The structure is very contemporary and yet was built well over 100 years ago. The works on display normally highlight the artistic creations of a current... More 

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Ramat Hasharon, Israel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The idea of the Cessecion was revolutionary for its time and still is extraordinary in the environment of baroque palaces and grandious surrounding. the Climt wall painting is astonishing and it took me a while to see the giant gorilla between the dancers and figures in quite pastel colours. the exhibition I saw was of modern art and luckily I... More 

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Clanfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous high Art Deco building - the real gems are visible on the outside decorations (lovely owls!). Inside are some really rather dull modernist art exhibitions EXCEPT for the Klimmt Beethoven memorial freeze. Another absolute gem and definitely worth the entrance money on its own. Really weird and gorgeous at the same time. wow!

Thank Andy S
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building is an example of how Vienna artists worked and lived in the early 1900. The most impressive part is the work of Klimts on the walls on the lower floor. Sit down, look at the details and listen to the audio - it is amazing

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