Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)
3.5
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In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze," a 30-meter-long interpretation of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony."
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Mariahilf
Vienna’s sixth district hosts high street shopping heaven and pedestrian area Mariahilfer Strasse. The weirdest local building is probably the city aquarium Haus des Meeres, housed in one of Vienna’s six remaining World War II defense towers, and topped with a rooftop bar that offers stunning views over Vienna and the centre. One of the most historic sites in the area is the passageway of 18th century Raimundhof with its small shops and cafés. It leads from Mariahilfer Strasse to Windmühlgasse. For a glimpse into the world of early 19th century theater, visit Semperdepot, the former depository for theatre decoration, which now hosts art exhibitions and fairs.
How to get there
  • Karlsplatz • 4 min walk
  • Karlsplatz • 4 min walk
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woz91
W-wa145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The disabled entrance is located on the side of the building (on the left when facing the entrance). The platform that will take you to the museum entrance is operated by museum employees. Contact via intercom is difficult. It is best to go with an able-bodied person who will inform the staff about your arrival. A person in a wheelchair can move freely inside the museum. There is a toilet for disabled people in the museum. Tickets can be purchased on site.
Written 8 May 2024
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Benita G
Belmont, MA64 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Why didn’t I read these reviews and save myself 12 euro?! I thought the Secession Museum would have information about the Secession and works from the great artists of that time- that is the excellent Leopold Museum. The Secession does have Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze and you can put on earphones and listen to part of Beethovens 9 th while looking at the frieze and reading an explanation of its symbolism. I enjoyed that and it took 10 minutes. In addition there were two horrendous contemporary works which took one misspent minute each so not sure how this museum
Could take 2-3 hours as stated in the description on Trip Advisor. The exterior of the building is quite striking and worth seeing especially if you are across the street at the Naschmarkt. If you want to see the Beethoven Frieze and its worth 12 euro to you( 10 for seniors), then go inside the Secession Building but otherwise admire the building from the outside and go see the Klimt works at the Upper Belvedere Palace and the Leopold Museum both worth the price of admission.
Written 1 May 2024
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Mark E
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Do NOT go see this! It is a beautiful tribute to Klimt and Arte Nouveau, but instead of leaving it as such, some museum curator believes they have to denegrate the art by exhibiting some cr@# modern art. They cover up what a tourist expects to see, with some modern installations that do not deserve to share the same space. I took US friends to this msueum and regretted it. I left feedback at the reception. They conveniently asked me to write my feedback on the website. A website that doesn't allow for feedback.
Written 25 March 2024
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Janet R
12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Look at the outside, don’t bother going in. Three rooms, one with a Klimt mural, there’s so much better at the Upper Belvedere, two art installations in the other rooms. Not part of the Vienna Pass and certainly not worth paying the entrance fee. Very disappointing.
Written 11 March 2024
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Carlos Elix
London, UK7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
They should advise visitors about the childish, unpleasant, ugly and uninteresting installation before buying the ticket. It looked like a Satanic mass in a really bad and cheap movie. It is amazing that this kind of rubbish is exhibited in such an important space.
Written 8 March 2024
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Richard Z
Ostrava, Czech Republic10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
dont go, there is nothing there, its a scam not worth a single euro, pompous receptionist doesnt warn you or give you proper info on what is there actually to see, you dont see any bit of architecture, its just the building from outside, take a picture, inside its much worse
Written 27 February 2024
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Travelleronwheels
United Kingdom199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The Secession Building is one of Vienna’s (many) must sees not just for itself but for what it represents. It continues to perform its intended function - an excellent exhibition space for the display of a range of art. I was never going to leave Vienna without seeing the frieze and I wasn’t disappointed. There are comments here that people were disappointed because it “wasn’t finished”. Not the case. It was intended only to be part of an exhibition and designed to accommodate other pieces such as Beethoven’s statue. It was not planned to be kept for posterity. We are so lucky that these pieces were rescued and are now housed in this way so we can see and appreciate them.
Written 12 May 2023
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Alan F
Borehamwood, UK660 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is a wonderful building, largely rebuilt after severe damage during WW2. The Beethoven Frieze by Klimt is magnificent, but sadly incomplete.
The entry charge is high to see the frieze and exhibitions which we found uninteresting.
I have given an average vote, not because we did not love the building, but because of the high cost of entry (€12.25 each).
Written 24 March 2023
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Alessandro
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Very nice architecture and historical building, relevant to see to understand the story of Wien. Ongoing exhibition were ok.

Klimt’s Beethoven-frieze is simply a masterpiece.
Written 5 March 2023
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Foodange
Manchester, UK3,898 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Impressive building from the outside but not sure what the fuss is about inside.
Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze looked like an unfinished artwork and the contemporary exhibitions were slight.
The Patricia Boyd Ceiling Analysis was just some foil hanging from the ceiling, maybe it was completed later after the ceiling had been fully analysed ....
The Otolith film was soporific in the extreme, though it did make it possible for a fish to be conscious of its position in space (no, us neither!).
At least Schnyder had some interesting and challenging paintings.
Written 13 February 2023
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