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Vienna Museum

Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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Good museum, lacking any good explanations of Vienna history

A good museum with historical artefacts from Vienna. Unfortunately although the museum is separated... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James K
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Vienna museum - A museum with fantastic exhibitions.

Located in Vienna Austria Karlsplatz This is one Museum you cannot miss. You will find... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hello T
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good museum with historical artefacts from Vienna. Unfortunately although the museum is separated into time frames there lacks a real timeline of the history with only snippets of the history. A definite religious predominance. Worth an hours visit and students get discount.

Thank James K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in Vienna Austria Karlsplatz This is one Museum you cannot miss. You will find everything to tempt you to go in and spend hours there!! From paintings, to models, to archeology, to maps, to sculptures, to clothing, to furniture, to the city's history and...More

Thank Hello T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here while on a business trip to Vienna and having a day to explore, decided to include the museum. It's was quite expensive for what it was. It was very quiet at the time of our visit, and on every floor, we were...More

Thank steph_L_Sharp
Reviewed 1 November 2017

The permanent exhibition shows the history of Vienna in certain artifacts. I enjoyed the art part of the permanent exhibition with lovely pictures. The temporary exhibition at the time of our visit was on the sex life in Austria, public perception of sex, related subcultures...More

Thank Tinde_K
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Sums up the history of Vienna from its beginnings to almost the present day with a neet exhibition on Vienna's music scene. Great models of the city as it was in medieval times with details on the Turkish siege, the growth and development of the...More

Thank Simonfromsussex
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

We went here on the first day of our visit to Vienna and it gave us a really good insight into the history and development of the city. The building is a pretty utilitarian 1950's number but the permanent exhibition is very good with some...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Vienna Pass covered our entry, and we had a great time in all ages of the city. Medieval/Renaissance had a great display, but the modern era, Klimt and all, also held our attentions. I love museums of cities, as they tend to show more than...More

Thank zzzptm
Reviewed 4 September 2017

While in Vienna for short time one of my main objectives was to see as many Klimt paintings as possible. “Pallas Athene” was one that was top of my list and it resides along with “Emilie Floge”, “The Lovers” and “Portrait of an unknown Woman”....More

Thank Orlando1sttimer
Reviewed 3 September 2017

I was lucky and was in Vienna on the first Sunday of the month. It was also when they had a history of sex special exhibit. I, along with hundreds of others, waited in line for the special exhibit. When I got into the special...More

Thank psudino
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum on a rainy Sunday which meant entry was free. The museum had lots of interesting rooms including a room showing newspaper articles of Vienna and Viennese people through history. Each floor had a model village of Vienna at that time which...More

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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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