Federal Pathologic-Anatomical Museum

Federal Pathologic-Anatomical Museum

Federal Pathologic-Anatomical Museum
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Address
Neighbourhood: Alsergrund
How to get there
  • Michelbeuern-AKH • 10 min walk
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Toronto, Canada2,466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Atlas Obscura is one of my go-to trip research websites to learn about 'dark' tourists sites like this one. I found this place fascinating! I really needed more time, but the place was a bit crowded, and I was with someone who was not as interested in the subject matter as me.

In the displays you see various ailments, injuries and diseases preserved for viewing. Some of the displays are re-creations, as opposed to preserved specimens.

Some displays that resonated with me included the extremely disfigured skeleton, who had rickets and died during childbirth. And I did not know that as X-ray technology emerged, it was used as a 'side show' during carnivals - such as watching a person's heart beating for carnival-goers' viewing pleasure.

This site was not the easiest for us to find. It is tucked away in a university campus, and we had to go up a zig-zag pedestrian ramp from the street level to find it.

I was really looking forward to the gift shop there. When arriving, it looked like they had some unique gift items (e.g., plush toys of parasites/diseases). However, by the time I finished the tour, the shop was closed for a 30 minute break. However, no operation hours were posted on the door. So if you are looking forward to the gift shop like I was, and it's open when you arrive, perhaps start there!

If this kind of tourist site interests you, then you will probably also like the nearby Josephinum medical museum, which has wax medical models.
Written 10 September 2023
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Thomas v
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Amazing new museum, newly completed.
Open Saturday until 6pm despite google saying otherwise. Go on the tour. It’s even better than the exhibit. Easy to find! Just walked across park from street car stop.
Written 3 December 2022
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littlecoldkiwi
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Wow! Since the museum had a huge renovation in 2022? It is much better than all these reviews had me expecting. I arrived at 4pm on Saturday (it’s open until 6pm) a German tour was just going so I looked around the lower floor for an hour which had so many examples and detailed English descriptions of afflictions of the human body and some interactive exhibits. Photography is not ethical as these are real people.
At 5pm an English tour took us upstairs, the extra for the tour is worth it! Another hour tour around even more exhibits. They have over 50,000. Anyone interested in the body or medicine should attend. Discount for students and you can get a combined ticket to the natural history museum for another day.
Really loved this.
Written 3 December 2022
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Bernadette S
Reading, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Sounds like there has been a lot of work on the exhibition since previous reviews. The whole of the ground floor was open & all of the exhibitions had both German & English signs so was very easy to understand. Not for the faint hearted, read up on what you are visiting. I found it very interesting, would recommend.

We found it easy to find, on foot & following Google maps. I can see why people may have struggled to find it if in a car.

Staff very friendly. Free lockers to leave your bags.

Not sure if they are renovating the rest of the building, would have been good to see the other floors.
Written 3 May 2022
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Zagadee
Lincolnshire, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
My wife and I loved the exhibits here and the mixture of historical specimens, tools and models were the right mix of weird, fascinating and disgusting. The museum is only currently on the ground floor and there is still some renovation work going on, so it didn't take long to get round everything, so I hope they'll expand the museum part to at least one other floor in the future.

The staff spoke English which was useful and some effort had been made in making some of the newer information boards and descriptors bilingual. However, the majority of exhibits are only described in German, although due to the commonality of medical terms across languages, you can still figure out what many of the specimens and artefacts are).

Be wary if you're visiting though that the museum can be a little difficult to find and you will need to use one of three footpaths that lead to it, rather than expect it to be visible from a main road. The building itself however is impressive and an interesting design from an era when mental illness was treated much different than it is today.

All in all, definitely worth visiting if you have a spare hour and are already in the area for another attraction such as the Josephinium or the Sigmund Freud museum.
Written 9 September 2019
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Hajnalka
Budapest51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Please do not be surprised! This is not a traditional museum just a collection of memories of medicine hundred or more yyear ago.
Written 13 April 2019
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Bonny E
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Was there before the renovation and was "promised" it would be much better after only to find a museum that was very definitely not ready to be opened again. With such a potential, unbelievable how much opportunities are being missed.
Written 27 October 2018
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Aleks Š
Maribor, Slovenia44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
At the moment of the visit there is a rennovation going on,but there is still plenty of exhibits to see. We have only visited the ground floor so the review is only for this. The entrance fee is very cheap (2eur) and we could understand what the exhibits were since we were all doctors,but the exhibits could definitey use an explanation or two more. Furthermore,the furniture glass could be cleaned and it was not pleasant to bend down to see the exhibits. The staff was friendly though. If you are into medical stuff,especially dermatology and once-common diseases,visit it. Beware of the opening hours,as it is only opened on saturday and one or two other days of the week!
Written 30 September 2018
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linn870
Kalmar, Sweden9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Apparently one reviewer had no problem finding this place, that must have been a one-time miracle because we spiraled through like ten blocks in vain before finally getting there. (Google Maps claimed the museum was located first on the other side of town and then inside a coffee shop.)

Once we found it, it was so worth the search! We were able to get a guided tour in English despite not having called ahead (because we were the only people there, presumably because everyone else was lost in the coffee shop?) and the whole building was quite cool which was an enormous relief in this particularly sweltering summer.

The tower looked small from the outside but thanks to the unusual architecture it seemed MUCH bigger on the inside and we were walked through endless rooms filled floor to ceiling with probably thousands of absolutely revolting, hideous and enormously interesting medical oddities, of which the guide only had time to expound on the two or three most notable items per room - more than enough to turn your stomach and teach you about the history of medicine. The guide was a student at the Medical University of Vienna and I have to assume that this is the best summer gig ever and that students fight every year over who gets the job.

The building itself and its history is quite interesting, and the exhibition is actually less of an exhibition and more of a storeroom for medical students, which made us feel privileged to get a tour of it. This in itself was a nice part of the experience.

10/10, probably not going back (mostly because the tour was quite thorough) but I would recommend it to ANYBODY who doesn't have a problem with pickled human remains.
Written 22 August 2018
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Vtrixxen2018B
Singapore, Singapore95 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
THE GOOD:

1. EASY TO FIND: I am not sure why there are many reviews on here about how hard it is to find the place but it was the easiest and most straightforward direction I have received on Google and got there with no problems whatsoever. I even walked there from my place in the Innere Stadt area and it only took around 30 mins. Google map is most trustworthy in Vienna as Vienna is a high-tourist destination and it's well updated.

2. ENGLISH TOUR GUIDE: Although the tours are in German, an English tour guide can be arranged. You just have to call in advance and ask as to when you can have the tour in English as they have to round up a staff member who is able to do it. I arrived there on Wednesday at 10 am and managed to get an English tour arranged for me on Saturday morning, 10 am.

3. BOOK WITH SPECIMEN PHOTOGRAPHS: The museum is VERY STRICT about not having photographs taken inside the museum. There is a small book of a collection of photographs of the specimen for 10 Euros. It is hard cover and a great one with a history of the museum. It is well worth the purchase as a souvenir of the macabre.

4. VERY CHEAP: It is now set at 4 Euros instead of 1-2 Euros from previous comments. They set it so cheap bc the museum is undergoing through major renovations where they are making the museum newer, more up-to-date and of course, organised.

4. THE PROMISE OF A GREAT MUSEUM: If the govt or museum society invests a fair bit of money on the renovations that are underway, this museum could possibly be one of the best ones. It has interesting materials and specimen that can be better explained so that it doesn't become a "freak show" type of a museum. For now, with the lack of English translations and bad curatorship, it becomes more of a forgotten, old "freak show". However, the museum is VERY CLEAR that they are going through renovations and that in the next few years, there is opportunity for this place to shine with a breadth of interesting information.

THE VERY BAD:

1. WITHOUT THE TOUR, ONLY THE GROUND FLOOR IS ACCESSIBLE: The ground floor is very paltry. It has the worst specimens that are not taken care of to showcase. The specimens range from diseased inner organs, wax displays of diseases or skeletons. This is not the floor where you see deformed babies, animals or strange curiosities. Those are in the 2nd - 3rd floor and they are only accessible with a guide (which I will be able to see on Saturday as I planned to return back). The ground floor specimens or artefacts are not displayed well. They are in dusty cupboards. Each room looks like it is being renovated and so, there is not much to see. Some rooms are closed. The ones that are open have lights turned off with planks of wood and artefacts in cases that are NOT organised. I understand that there are serious renovations going on but at least close off the rooms with planks, cement material and building materials for renovations mixed with artefacts.

2. NO PHOTOGRAPHS: If you want photographs, you have to purchase the 10 Euro mini book or the 43 Euro big book.
Written 4 July 2018
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