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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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Good applied arts museum

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We spent all day here; fabulous exhibits, a sort of sampler of a wide range of design areas, so really interesting to focus on a small number of well chosen items in each exhibit... and you can pause for a wonderful lunch - booking might be good as the restaurant is widely used by locals. Overall, a great way to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed this museum, it's not huge but it is really interesting if you like design and applied arts. Great restaurant too - good choice, even with some veggie options, and the nicest, funniest waiter we've met in Vienna so far.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Fabulous building; gorgeous objects. I could happily come back here day after day and not be bored. Humans are magpies, we desire 'objects' and this museum displays beautiful objects very well indeed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We didn't really have enough time here so when we arrived concentrated on the areas we wanted to see. I loved the way some of the ceramic exhibits were curated, unusual and quirky with details written with marker pen on the glass cases. There also was an interesting and amusing exhibition in the basement of Oriental pornography and erotic art!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

On the Ringstrasse, but not really near other attractions. Suggest going straight upstairs to the Wiener Werkstätte collection: Arts and Crafted created in the early 20th century, the largest museum collection of these objects anywhere. (If you work up an appetite, suggest dining at Café Prückel, a short walk from the MAK)

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