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Vienna Museum

Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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Visited the afternoon of Sunday, July 3rd.

My daughter and I visited around 1:30pm on Sunday, July 3rd. The 1st Sunday of the month being... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
iowa city, ia
Much better museums in Vienna!

I decided to visit the Wien Museum Karlsplatz as I usually like to visit the city history museum in... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2016
Sophie E
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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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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Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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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
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Spent a very pleasant hour and half viewing interesting exhibits and did not see them all. Klimt was a joy but spoiled a little by poor lighting. Lots of local history which was engaging and informative. Cafe is quiet, in a loverly atrium and worth...More

Thank NorbertScrote
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Besides the temporary exhibition - 250 Years Prater- there is an amazing permanent exhibition about the complex and long history of this city: artefacts found in Middle Age Vienna, lots of beautiful paintings, illustrating the life long ago and much more. You can relax in...More

Thank Margrit455
Reviewed 28 April 2016

I went yesterday to see the exhibit 250 years Prater. We as a family were invited to a special guided tour as our family has been associated with the Prater for 150 years. The exhibition is on until the 21st of August and is open...More

Thank Erika L
Reviewed 26 March 2016

From the Neolithic to the 20th Century , a great exploration of Vienna's history . My highlights were Adolf Loos Living room & Klimts : Pallas Athene. Vienna was bursting with artistic expression , this museum gives a good understanding of that period.

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is a really comprehensive museum dedicated to Vienna's amazing history. It has lots of historically interesting artifacts, and some great paintings to boot. There's a few really good paintings by famous late 19th and early-20th century Austrians Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. The post...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

This was a great museum, and it was very informative about the complex and long history of Vienna. We highly recommend it, especially for tourists who don't necessarily speak German.

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

Recommendable experience for those who cannot speak German. The staff and the guide were very friendly and welcoming, and the models of the city of Vienna through the ages are impressive and worth seeing.

Thank Alvpigon
Reviewed 20 January 2016

Well, there are a few paintings in this museum that are worth the admission price and you do learn alot about Vienna from other exhibits - but I generally found the place poorly laid out and stale. Having said that, standing in front of Klimt's...More

1  Thank Matars_Z
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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