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Vienna Museum

Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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Interesting museum away from the crowds

We couldn't face the tour party throngs at the big sights so we went to this smaller museum a short... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Good survey of Vienna history

This museum was a good introduction to Vienna's art and culture from prehistory to the present... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Thomas M
Des Moines, Iowa
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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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+43 1 5058747
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

We couldn't face the tour party throngs at the big sights so we went to this smaller museum a short distance away from the city centre. It focused on the city's history and included the Churches and the Habsburgs along with other relevant and interesting...More

Thank LimpetScotland
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This museum was a good introduction to Vienna's art and culture from prehistory to the present date. The apartment reconstructions (esp. Adolf Loos's) are interesting. Klimt's Pallas Athene is a highlight. Free on the first Sunday of the month.

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Although not nearly as massive as its counterpart in Berlin, the museum is filled with artifacts from different times in the history of Vienna, including the story of the Prater. There are paintings, tapestries, suits of armor and costume samples of the 1800's. Their shop...More

1  Thank lovetravel1996
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Permanent exhibitions present the history of Vienna, and temporary ones show something new: modernism in architecture or from middle of September 2016, Sex in Vienna-history of places and persons. Wien Museum is one major stop in your quest for modernism or 20th century art.

1  Thank Károly L
Reviewed 20 August 2016

There are a lot of temporary exhibitions each time when we are in Vienna. This time we haven't had time to visit the current exhibition, but next time we will go for sure.

Thank 545medva
Reviewed 5 August 2016

There are some parts of the museum that are especially good, such as the Medieval section with the original sculptures from St. Stephen's and paintings from that era. The two sieges of Vienna by the Turks are well covered. Other parts failed to interest me...More

Thank Gerard_S77
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I can't say this museum did much for me. We mainly went to see the Klimt painting, at least one of which was not on show at the time, but other than that you'd have to be really interested in the history of Vienna to...More

Thank TerraIncognito
Reviewed 15 July 2016

The museum is next to the Karlskirche am Karlsplatz. It shows the history of Vienna ( a permanent exhibition), but also has 2 temporary exhibitions - at the moment about the Prater and hats. I thought it was very well done, engaging and informative.

Thank Tina C
Reviewed 14 July 2016

My daughter and I visited around 1:30pm on Sunday, July 3rd. The 1st Sunday of the month being free admission. I had a nice visit. It was not too busy. 2 of the exhibitions, including the history of hats, and the anniversary of the Prater,...More

Thank iowacityia
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

I decided to visit the Wien Museum Karlsplatz as I usually like to visit the city history museum in the city I'm visiting - I regret visiting this particular one however as there really are much, much better museums in Vienna! I didn't feel I...More

Thank Sophie E
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
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