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MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

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Address: Stubenring 5, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number:
+43 4317 11360
10:00 - 18:00
Closed now
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Tue 10:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art is one of the...

The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art is one of the most important museums of its kind worldwide. Founded as the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry in 1863, today’s museum—with its unique collection of applied arts and as a first-class address for contemporary art—can boast an incomparable identity. Originally established as an exemplary source collection, today’s MAK Collection continues to stand for an extraordinary union of applied art, design, contemporary art and architecture.

In temporary exhibitions, the MAK presents various artistic stances from the fields of applied arts, design, architecture, contemporary art, and new media, with the mutual relationships between them being a consistently emphasized theme. The institution’s multifaceted mission allows for varied approaches, opening up new perspectives from which to regard historical relationships and offering frequent glimpses at artistically and societally relevant developments that are just beginning to appear on the horizon.

The MAK, which defines itself as a laboratory of societal knowledge, is a place of collecting, research, preservation, education, and interactive learning, as well as a site of human encounters, interaction, and intercreativity. Thanks not least to its international branches and cross-border activities, the museum is also a forum of intercultural and artistic exchange as well as of fruitful dialog with designers, artists, and architects.

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Unique museum of furniture and design

Free entrance Tuesdays 6-10pm! Lovely building with incredible furniture especially Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau and sone Art Deco. Also Austrian Bedermeier. Unique experience... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Free entrance Tuesdays 6-10pm! Lovely building with incredible furniture especially Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau and sone Art Deco. Also Austrian Bedermeier. Unique experience. Building itself is very beautiful. Easy to get to by public transport.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very surprised by this museum its modern and was in use by crafts people at the back of the building. Half the exhibits knocked me off my feet they were so good but some did not float my boat. We got in for free on a Tuesday by visiting after 6pm at night.

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Shepshed, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

If you have any interest in the turn of the century Viennese art and crafts this is the place to go to. (And not just Vienna, I noticed a Margaret Mackintosh art work had made it's way from Glasgow.) Further, if you have an open mind to find out how these things were made and what tools were used, it's... More 

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Goulburn, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

So many absolutely exquisite items artfully presented in such a magnificent space. I went after 6pm on Tuesday for free but would not hesitate to pay. Don't miss this.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

It is a beautiful building very well restored. On Tuesday there is free admission, there is currently a glass exhibition, very interesting. I recommend it. As an extra and to make more enjoyable the visit you can have a wine, change a tip. A very pleasant evening I recommend.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Applied arts / contemporary arts museums are always one of the first I visit in a new city. Mak is definitely worth it - collection is vast (but not overwhelming), nicely presented and well described. But what is even better are temporary exhibitions, fairs and events. In season almost every week you can find here something interesting - there were... More 

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Reviewed 12 February 2017

If you are into the Arts and Crafts and Symbolist movements, Biedermeier furniture, and medieval through judenstil glass and ceramics, you will love this museum. There are also rooms devoted to Asian and contemporary art. The building interior is an artwork itself.

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Excellent museum with loads of interesting design exhibits. Spent two hours there and could've gone back and spent another hour there. Informative, wide-ranging, eclectic, good exhibition spaces - just go and give yourself a bit of time. Decent restaurant, too.

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Reviewed 18 January 2017

We saw almost every gallery in this museum. It's highly informative and has a great permanent collection spanning the centuries. The Handwerk exhibit we saw was fantastic!

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Teddington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

A lot to see and had a great day looking around. The restaurant was excellent and we had a light meal there. Excellent value for money and worth setting some time aside to visit.

Thank Paul S

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