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Vienna Museum

Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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Good temporary exhibitions

There are a lot of temporary exhibitions each time when we are in Vienna. This time we haven't had... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
Budapest, Hungary
Good in parts

There are some parts of the museum that are especially good, such as the Medieval section with the... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Dublin, Ireland
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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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Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

There are a lot of temporary exhibitions each time when we are in Vienna. This time we haven't had time to visit the current exhibition, but next time we will go for sure.

Thank 545medva
Reviewed 4 August 2016

There are some parts of the museum that are especially good, such as the Medieval section with the original sculptures from St. Stephen's and paintings from that era. The two sieges of Vienna by the Turks are well covered. Other parts failed to interest me...More

Thank Gerard_S77
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I can't say this museum did much for me. We mainly went to see the Klimt painting, at least one of which was not on show at the time, but other than that you'd have to be really interested in the history of Vienna to...More

Thank TerraIncognito
Reviewed 15 July 2016

The museum is next to the Karlskirche am Karlsplatz. It shows the history of Vienna ( a permanent exhibition), but also has 2 temporary exhibitions - at the moment about the Prater and hats. I thought it was very well done, engaging and informative.

Thank Tina C
Reviewed 14 July 2016

My daughter and I visited around 1:30pm on Sunday, July 3rd. The 1st Sunday of the month being free admission. I had a nice visit. It was not too busy. 2 of the exhibitions, including the history of hats, and the anniversary of the Prater,...More

Thank iowacityia
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

I decided to visit the Wien Museum Karlsplatz as I usually like to visit the city history museum in the city I'm visiting - I regret visiting this particular one however as there really are much, much better museums in Vienna! I didn't feel I...More

Thank Sophie E
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Spent a very pleasant hour and half viewing interesting exhibits and did not see them all. Klimt was a joy but spoiled a little by poor lighting. Lots of local history which was engaging and informative. Cafe is quiet, in a loverly atrium and worth...More

Thank NorbertScrote
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Besides the temporary exhibition - 250 Years Prater- there is an amazing permanent exhibition about the complex and long history of this city: artefacts found in Middle Age Vienna, lots of beautiful paintings, illustrating the life long ago and much more. You can relax in...More

Thank Margrit455
Reviewed 28 April 2016

I went yesterday to see the exhibit 250 years Prater. We as a family were invited to a special guided tour as our family has been associated with the Prater for 150 years. The exhibition is on until the 21st of August and is open...More

Thank Erika L
Reviewed 26 March 2016

From the Neolithic to the 20th Century , a great exploration of Vienna's history . My highlights were Adolf Loos Living room & Klimts : Pallas Athene. Vienna was bursting with artistic expression , this museum gives a good understanding of that period.

Thank Peter L
The fourth district combines elegant tradition with
contemporary style and relaxed living. More than a
dozen town palaces and churches such as St. Charles
Borromeo have added glamour to a neighbourhood known
for its traditional retail and crafts shops, taverns,
cafés. Wieden is also home to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s
largest street market. Many bohemian types have found
their way to Wieden: meet them in trendy cafés and
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