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Vienna Museum

Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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Free the first Sunday of each month!

When we went to visit this museum on the free day, we were concerned it might be mobbed, but were... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2014
Clara G
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Leiden, The Netherlands
Learnt a lot

Visited this museum and learnt a lot about Austrian history through art and other artefacts through... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2014
HenryHull
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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

When we went to visit this museum on the free day, we were concerned it might be mobbed, but were pleasantly surprised to find it comfortable and beautiful. We went on our second day of a week in Vienna, and were really glad to have...More

2  Thank Clara G
Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Visited this museum and learnt a lot about Austrian history through art and other artefacts through period after 1900 was rather glossed over Free to visit on 1st Sunday of the month

Thank HenryHull
Reviewed 29 March 2014

The Vienna History Museum - is a perfect start to any visit -and especially a first visit --to Vienna. It provides visitors with a deeper understanding of how the city began, and has grown through the ages. Using, artifacts, illustrations, dioramas, and the donated properties...More

Thank seantm
Reviewed 23 February 2014

We visited primarily to view the works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, a room from Adolf Loos’ house and designs from the Wienerwerkstatte including Josef Hoffman. All stunning. No time to see rest of museum

Thank Deena63
Reviewed 5 February 2014

There is enough English signage to make a visit here worthwhile. It will give you a taste of the city's rich cultural history. If pressed for time, use the official museum guide which highlights the notable objects d'art, a copy of which is generously spread...More

Thank Connoisseur-of-Life
Reviewed 2 January 2014

This is a wonderful museum focusing on the start of the City of Vienna from the pre-Roman, through the Roman, and into the Medieval timeframes. It was well laid out and though we were there on a busy Sunday we didn't feel rushed or pressed...More

Thank Nick D
Reviewed 14 December 2013

The whole museum doesn't take long, it's not expensive, and it's in the center of town. Good explanations on the beginning of the city and there are city models.

Thank GypsyTraveller94
Reviewed 5 November 2013

Try and go on the first Sunday of the month. It's free!!!!. This museum is a great place to visit which describes the history of the city. It has regular additional exhibitions which are fascinating to see. It also has lots of English translations which...More

Thank tetuan22s
Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

My husband always like to visit any 'History of X ' museum wherever we go ( he claims ,quite rightly ,that it gives a context for anything else you might see) , so,having subjected him to Klimt and Schiele at the Leopold , we went...More

Thank YvonneNBirmingham
Reviewed 27 September 2013 via mobile

The museum was very interesting. It covered Vienna from its prehistoric origins to modern times. The artifacts were splendidly displayed and non-flash photography is allowed. I would recommend it as starting point in exploring beautiful Vienna. St. Charles Church is right next door. The area...More

1  Thank bobybu
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Wieden
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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