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Wien Museum Karlsplatz

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Address: Karlsplatz 8, Vienna, Austria
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+43 1 5058747
10:00 - 18:00
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The Wien Museum has an exceptional position in the rich landscape of the...

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 mythThe main building on Karlsplatz is part of a great complex of outside branches, first and foremost the Hermesvilla in Lainzer Tiergarten and the memorial houses of the composers. Special exhibitions regularly present news from Vienna's past and the past of other great cities. Get on the discovery trail of a city. Welcome to Vienna and its museum!Only to be experienced at the Wien Museum: a fascinating mixture of art and history on three floors, from the Neolithic Age to the mid-twentieth century. Early historical highlights of the collection are the sensational archaeological finds from the Roman legionary camp of Vindobona, original stained-glass windows and outstanding sculptures from St. Stephen's Cathedral, among them the famous ”Fürstenfiguren”, the figures of royalty. Weapons and armour from Vienna’s Bürgerliches Zeughaus (Civilian Arsenal) and the so-called "Turkish Plunder" tell of many warlike encounters in the city's history. The earliest Viennese city maps and many urban views illustrate the structural development from a medieval town to a capital city and royal residence. Among the works of art to admire are outstanding examples of baroque painting in Vienna – including works by Franz Anton Maulbertsch, Johann Michael Rottmayr and Paul Troger.Another of the Wien Museum's strong points is its collection from the nineteenth century. Selected furniture, clothing and splendid works of applied arts, the reconstructed apartment of the notable Austrian poet Franz Grillparzer with original furnishings, and above all major paintings by Waldmüller, Amerling, Danhauser and Fendi all combine to present a compact and multifaceted impression of Viennese Biedermeier.Two large-scale models of the city are among the main attractions of the Wien Museum, illustrating a scarcely imaginable caesura in urban development: Vienna before and after dismantlement of the glacis and construction of the monumental Ringstrasse buildings. The permanent exhibition "Vienna around 1900" shows paintings by Klimt, Schiele, Gerstl and Arnold Schönberg, and also works by the famous Wiener Werkstätte. A sensation for those interested in architecture is the living room with adjoining inglenook from the apartment of the legendary architect Adolf Loos. Selected paintings created in Vienna from the time between the wars to the second half of the twentieth century then bring us to the present day.The Karlsplatz buildingThe Wien Museum – from 1887 to 2003 called the "Historical Museum of the City of Vienna" – was once housed in the Vienna town hall. There were already plans for a new building on Karlsplatz before 1914, in fact by Otto Wagner. The museum's first new building opened in 1959, the work of Oswald Haerdtl, a former associate of Josef Hoffmann and architect of the Austrian pavilion at world exhibitions of the 1930s. Since the interior courtyard was roofed over in 2000, the museum has gained a multi-functional event facility and a café. Alongside the permanent collection, special exhibitions are held at regular intervals in the Haerdtl building.

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Interesting history of the city of Vienna

A modern museum with a very wide variety of exhibits, based mainly on everything to do with Vienna. Some very intersting non permanent exhitions... check the internet.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I spent much of our afternoon walking around the Wien Museum on a cold winter day, and didn't even have time to see it all. We focused on the history of Vienna, which had many maps and models of the city from the 1200's to the 1900's, as well as art, and historical artifacts from the history... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

A modern museum with a very wide variety of exhibits, based mainly on everything to do with Vienna. Some very intersting non permanent exhitions... check the internet.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

After visiting some of the other, rather overwhelming museums I found this one refreshingly simple. It has a simple story to tell through a well picked, limited number of exhibits. There was a special exhibition of the history of Sex in Wein which was really interesting. If I'd known before what Vienna had to offer I wouldn't have wasted four... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Seen some really fantastic works of Art. I mean proper paintings, Statues, stained glass windows, marble carvings and statues of gold and silver. Even scale models of the city made by master craftsmen. Really worth a visit. Excellent value. The only thing I personally do not like is on the last section of the top floor which I'm glad they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

First Klimt portrait in Klimt decorative style, Klimt painting symbolising Secession, armor, furniture, history of Vienna. Temporary exhibitions (Sex in Vienna, Hats). Largest collection of clothing - 22600 pieces.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This museum tells the story of the history of Vienna with lots of interesting exhibits. While we were there we also went to the Special Exhibit on Hats. The hat exhibit tried to interpret the experiences of people who made and wore the hats. There was also an exhibit on lust and sex which we avoided. They do card to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I went to this museum because it was free during my stay in Wien. It was ok, nothing spectacular but good to get an idea on the he history of Austria.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

As a bonus, I found it free on the first Sunday of the month but this city museum is well worth a visit with a wide ranging collection and interesting exhibitions. The art collection is representative of Viennese art from the Secession and other periods. The rest of the collection spans the life of the city. This is the main... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We couldn't face the tour party throngs at the big sights so we went to this smaller museum a short distance away from the city centre. It focused on the city's history and included the Churches and the Habsburgs along with other relevant and interesting characters and events through time. Excellent use of maps and original exhibits. A small and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This museum was a good introduction to Vienna's art and culture from prehistory to the present date. The apartment reconstructions (esp. Adolf Loos's) are interesting. Klimt's Pallas Athene is a highlight. Free on the first Sunday of the month.

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