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Waehringer Strasse 25 | 1090 Vienna, Vienna 1090, Austria
+43 1 4016026001
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The Josephinum is the most prominent example of neoclassical architecture in Vienna and an important legacy of the Age of Enlightenment in Austria. It was founded in 1785 by Emperor Joseph II as a medico-surgical military academy to train prospective doctors and midwives for civil and military service according to novel teaching methods. Amongst numerous other collections, the Josephinum houses the world-renowned collection of nearly 1,200 anatomical wax models commissioned by Joseph II in Florence for the newly established academy.
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Waehringer Strasse 25 | 1090 Vienna, Vienna 1090, Austria
+43 1 4016026001
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Have you seen Body Worlds? This is similar to that. I do like all things anatomy and oddities pertaining to humans and their insides, but this was a bit of a disappointing experience for me. There are lots of things on display here, in neat...More

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 20 August 2017

You will particularly enjoy this visit if you are interested in two things: 1. Anatomy 2. Kaiser Josef II. As scientific tools, the waxworks must have been state of the art for their day, and are still deeply impressive. Indeed, as artworks alone, they are...More

Thank DerbyshireChap99
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Girlfriend is a midwife and this place has the largest wax collection of obstetric pieces in the world. Great. We also saw online a tour is run every Friday and is the online way to see the obstetric exhibition. Great. When we got there we...More

Thank LivingTheDream247
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This is a fascinating small museum. If you are interested in the history of medicine or anatomical models it is well worth the trip and modest entry fee. The English exhibition catalogue that comes with the entry fee is of very high quality. Unfortunately when...More

Thank Judith S
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We arranged to visit on Saturday morning last at 11.00am and took the guided tour in English. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the history of the institution. We are so pleased we booked the tour which took 1 hour.

Thank mary163
Reviewed 17 January 2016

An incredible collection of anatomical wax models commissioned by kaiser Josef II, the reformist emperor of the holy Roman empire in eighteenth century. The models are built in Florence with incredible details and quality. a must see for lovers of medical history. unfortunately it's not...More

Thank Milad M
Reviewed 20 June 2015

The wax models are beautiful and incredibly detailed. Unfortunately, there's not much to the museum apart from them, and they're not labeled in any language. The museum also has a really weird layout with five rooms in four different places. Two of the rooms connect,...More

Thank Lizara K
Reviewed 28 November 2013

The guidebooks give the day and times it is open and if you go the door it should be open but it never is. I was in the general area for several weeks and it was convenient to check on if it was open and...More

Thank S D B
Reviewed 26 September 2013 via mobile

Heads up to all the medical history fans. Both the Josephinium and the Narrentum have changed the days they open. The new days of operation are Friday and Saturday. I made trip to see them on a Thursday expecting them to be open. Nice walk...More

1  Thank bobybu
Reviewed 12 June 2013

Kaiser Joseph was shocked at the lack of medical knowledge shown by his army surgeons and commissioned a whole series of wax models of the human body and organs fron Italy.Though a few hundred years old they look astonishingly modern.Entry cost is low but this...More

1  Thank st62an
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18 September 2017|
Response from DoFloKo | Property representative |
Hello, you can also visit the collection of the wax models during our opening time, actually there are two rooms accessible. The Venus is part of the exhibition which is opened on Wednesday, 4:00 pm - 8:00pm; Friday and... More
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17 September 2017|
Response from DoFloKo | Property representative |
Thank you very much for your request. We offer a guided tour in English every Saturday at 11.00 a.m. Hope to see you soon at our museum. Best regards, Josephinum-team
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