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Vienna Museum

Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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Treasures Not Seen Elsewhere are HERE

If you've been to St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of Vienna's most visited sites, you may have... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
CarolDM1900
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Montpelier, Vermont
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In many cities with great museums the local city museum tend to be neglected. However, this is a... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
GastonDonald
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Ottawa, Canada
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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
Wieden
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

If you've been to St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of Vienna's most visited sites, you may have wondered: where are all the great treasures that belong here? There are some notable ones, to include the Wiener Neustädter Altar, the great medieval stone pulpit with its fantastic...More

1  Thank CarolDM1900
Reviewed 17 May 2017

In many cities with great museums the local city museum tend to be neglected. However, this is a great opportunity to see local aspects of the city and not be overwhelmed by umpteen masters. Wien Museum Karlsplatz features historical to modern pieces. Three floors show...More

Thank GastonDonald
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The special exhibit going on until September 2017 has a lot of fascinating historical maps and other cartographic items. It is well-curated and informative. If you enjoy maps, you will easily spend 2 hours at the exhibit.

Thank lcw5000
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This museum isn't probably as famous as Kunst Historisches Museum, Naturhistorisches Museum, but deserves a visit! I recommend it particularly to anyone fond of history, or to all those tourists (and wieners!) curious about the city. Ground floor houses a tour through the statues and...More

Thank maxbloki
Reviewed 21 April 2017

A Great Museum filled with all kinds of artifacts, collections, paintings, clothing, furniture, maps etc. from different eras. It really has a little bit of something for everyone. A great afternoon spent here wandering at a very relaxed pace. The staff was very helpful, informative!!

Thank Cynthia A
Reviewed 29 January 2017

This was our 3rd trip to Vienna so a chance to see some of the less know spots. I wanted to see the "Sex in Vienna" exhibition and it was very interesting indeed, and very adult so restricted to those over 18. Everything is in...More

Thank EmeraldDiva
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This quiet museum tells the history of the city and has some great exhibits particulary related to the middle ages and the twentieth century . The staff don't smile at all to the point of rudeness. If you want visitors you need to amke them...More

Thank shirleykreppel
Reviewed 3 January 2017

My husband and I spent much of our afternoon walking around the Wien Museum on a cold winter day, and didn't even have time to see it all. We focused on the history of Vienna, which had many maps and models of the city from...More

1  Thank christinamiverson
Reviewed 19 December 2016

A modern museum with a very wide variety of exhibits, based mainly on everything to do with Vienna. Some very intersting non permanent exhitions... check the internet.

Thank Karl James L
Reviewed 2 December 2016

After visiting some of the other, rather overwhelming museums I found this one refreshingly simple. It has a simple story to tell through a well picked, limited number of exhibits. There was a special exhibition of the history of Sex in Wein which was really...More

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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
...More
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