Vienna offers some of the best museums in the world, but none of them are so utterly surprising, enjoyable, or memorable as this little gem in a lovely neighborhood just around the corner from the Naschmarket.
I had seen The Third Man a couple of times over the years and thought it was a great film. But never in my wildest imagining would I have thought it would make for such an engaging museum experience.
The collection of items and artifacts here is mind-blowing, and so thoughtfully presented that even the most casual visitor is going to be impressed! There is also a full section of the museum that’s completely devoted to documenting Vienna in the years leading up to - and following - World War 2, helping to shed light on the setting of the film.
Beyond all of this, what makes The Third Man Museum so winning is that it’s truly a labor of love for Gerhard and Karin, the couple who created, own, and operate it, all with no governmental or institutional support.
If you happen to find yourself in Vienna with a couple hours to spare, you have to check this place out. As for me, it will be among the nicest memories of my time visiting Vienna. Thank you, Karin and Gerhard!