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Wien Museum Karlsplatz

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Address: Karlsplatz 8, Vienna, Austria
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+43 1 5058747
10:00 - 18:00
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The Wien Museum has an exceptional position in the rich landscape of the...

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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This museum is crammed full of artefacts and facts about Vienna through the ages. It has something for everyone, artwork, furniture, maps and models of the city as it grew and... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2015
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

Bit hard to find. It's hidden behind one of the original Karlplatz buildings (where a few trams stop) or you could get off the subway and find your way way-off to the Karlplatz exit. Its next to the Karlskirche and has 3-stories. Museum reminds me of the War Museum in Saigon (just newer/bigger). I did find that most staff didn't... More 

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Reviewed 2 January 2016

If you need to explore Vienna's history don't forget to visit this museum! It's nothing special but it shows how Vienna looked like before most of the sights were even built!

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Reviewed 31 October 2015

My wife and I had a day in Vienna, so we decided to look at some Gustav Klimt art works. So, we walked to this museum and walked-up to this guy selling tickets and I asked if he spoke English and he shook his head in a dismissive way. Well, I thought, let me find one of the other 99%... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

We h been visiting Vienna for several years and understand the 'different' attitude of the Austrians to the British but have never experienced such negative, unpleasant staff as we did today at this museum. We were followed, harangued and picked on throughout our walk around this museum and would not recommend it to anyone unfortunately. My wife had a very... More 

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Reviewed 15 October 2015

This was an OK museum, one we chose because it was nearby and late in the day. Has nice paintings (including three by Klimt), armor, furniture etc. but it was disappointing that the collection's timeline abruptly ended in the 1920/ or so and there was nothing about Vienna's role in WW1 or WWII. Kind of a mish-mash. Was told the... More 

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Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

We visited this museum on a week day and it was very quiet. There are great models of the city showing its development and many interesting maps from different periods as well as art and historical objects. It's probably best to visit if you've been to a couple of the landmark buildings first as you can then recognize them in... More 

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Reviewed 12 September 2015

This museum is crammed full of artefacts and facts about Vienna through the ages. It has something for everyone, artwork, furniture, maps and models of the city as it grew and expanded, suits of armour and details of sieges and battles...

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Reviewed 25 August 2015

Looking at it from the outside, one would hardly suspect that interesting, well presented exhibitions can be mounted between its walls. But they can! A prime example is the current "Myth Galicia" historical exhibition, which unfortunately will close at the end of this month. The permanent exhibition presents the long history of Vienna in quite a bit of detail. And... More 

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Reviewed 27 June 2015

There are two great exhibitions in the museum right now. "150 years of Ringstrasse" and "The Myths of Galicia". Both exhibitions are worth seeing, the first one being prpbably more interesting for all the tourists interested in a fantastic architecture around the Old City built at the turn of the 19 and 20th century. I was impressed.

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Reviewed 23 April 2015

Although I enjoyed the exhibitions (the current ones on the Roma people and the region of Galicia taught me a lot) it is not exactly the museum as described on the English website. I wanted to see the archaeology from the earliest periods but nothing earlier than c.1200AD was on display - although the website says there is a collection.... More 

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