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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

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Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number:
+43 1 58753070
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses...

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."

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An Art Nouveau Gem

I suspect many will walk by this beautiful Art Nouveau building without really looking at it, let alone going inside. That would be a shame. Built as an exhibition hall over 100... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I suspect many will walk by this beautiful Art Nouveau building without really looking at it, let alone going inside. That would be a shame. Built as an exhibition hall over 100 years ago, it's an important architectural symbol of Vienna's Secession movement. In addition to the wonderful decorative details on the outside of the building, the Beethoven Frieze by... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Secession building very much indeed. The building itself it worth seeing with its controversial style, designed in 1897 as an art exhibition hall. The facade and dome of thousands of gold-plated iron laurel leaves certainly stand out amid the city's grand buildings of different style. The exhibition space is the home of the Association... More 

Thank profjoypc
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We liked the Beethovenfries and the 'Alfred Roller-room'. The Rosa Barba installations were funny, but nothing special... The huge 'Halle' with Jean-Luc Moulène was very surprising, but in a negative way. Do you take visitors serious, if you show them huge spaces with .....with what? We could hardly believe what we saw, we saw nothing, actually.... some buttons on the... More 

Thank Annie Z
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The outside is very pleasing, and worth the time to walk around, get there early before it's open ( 10am ) as all the coaches park right outside and you will not be able to photograph the front, also all the students sit about on the steps and don't make it easy to go up or down... Inside besides Beethoven's... More 

Thank Paul K
Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Head for the basement and the Klimt Bethoven fireze, A tranquil spot for resting weary feet and contemplating the artist's genius.

Thank Ellen A
Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building, designed by Olbrich, was meant for exhibitions of the Secession group. Just the outside is worthwhile seeing. It was here that the large Beethoven exhibition took place. Of that exhibition only the fries by Klimt, detailing the 9th symphony as explained by Mahler, has been reinstalled. Inside there are several small modern art exhibitions. Like all other museums... More 

Thank Katrien S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a bit pricey for what's inside in my opinion. The building architecture is great and so is its story. But the only thing I thought was worth seeing was the Beethoven's frieze. I was expecting more work of Klimt but there was only this piece.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing building: the exterior is just pure Art Deco with addition of a gold dome...and some Klimt. Frankly I think that just looking at it from the outside is enough...but everyone is different!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting exterior to the building and the place for the renovated resited Beethoven freeze,include as part of a tour as it seemed a little tricky to get to

Thank Airyfairy7654
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While I enjoy modern as much as the next person, apart from the Klimt I found this a little too abstract and meaningless for me. I dug deep in my psyche to understand what I was seeing but nothing came to me. In summary too short on art

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