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Vienna Museum

Karlsplatz 8, Vienna 1040, Austria
+43 1 5058747
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Perfect on a rainy Sunday.

We visited the museum on a rainy Sunday which meant entry was free. The museum had lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rachelsawley
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Beautiful models of the city and original Klimt paintings

Three floors show different eras of the city. I liked very much few models of the city at various... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PavlaPavla
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Chrudim, Czech Republic
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the museum on a rainy Sunday which meant entry was free. The museum had lots of interesting rooms including a room showing newspaper articles of Vienna and Viennese people through history. Each floor had a model village of Vienna at that time which...More

Thank rachelsawley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three floors show different eras of the city. I liked very much few models of the city at various eras. They have several original Klimt or Schiele paintings there (and the best thing is, that you can view them with no crowds). Photos without flash...More

2  Thank PavlaPavla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A real hidden gem and well air conditioned. Much stained glass and statues that had been removed from St. Stephan’s in the nineteenth century. Wonderful genre paintings as well as maps and models of Vienna. The gate in Heldenplatz (Burgtor) was once a gate in...More

Thank Christopher B
Reviewed 16 July 2017

I recently visited this centrally located museum dedicated to the history of Vienna from about 1400 to 10the early 1900s. The museum is broken up into various areas where a history from different eras are highlighted. I enjoyed the wonderful oil paintings as well as...More

1  Thank Stirling B
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The Vienna (or Wien) Museum features a permanent exhibit of art and a collection of materials representing the history of Vienna - from Neolithic times to the mid-20th Century. If you have more than a passing interest in the rich history of this important European...More

1  Thank Barry C
Reviewed 11 July 2017

After visiting Karl's Kirche, we walked across the square and happened upon the museum..what an extraordinary display of artefacts and information relevant to Austrian, and in particular Viennese history!! I was blown away by the wealth of treasure within an almost insignificant building - 3...More

1  Thank Vanessa H
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This is a wonderful museum which based on our visit hardly any tourists seem to know exists. So it is very quiet. It is spread over three floors and is a really interesting mixture of Viennese art and history from the Neolithic Age to the...More

1  Thank Evets54
Reviewed 30 May 2017

If you've been to St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of Vienna's most visited sites, you may have wondered: where are all the great treasures that belong here? There are some notable ones, to include the Wiener Neustädter Altar, the great medieval stone pulpit with its fantastic...More

1  Thank CarolDM1900
Reviewed 17 May 2017

In many cities with great museums the local city museum tend to be neglected. However, this is a great opportunity to see local aspects of the city and not be overwhelmed by umpteen masters. Wien Museum Karlsplatz features historical to modern pieces. Three floors show...More

Thank GastonDonald
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The special exhibit going on until September 2017 has a lot of fascinating historical maps and other cartographic items. It is well-curated and informative. If you enjoy maps, you will easily spend 2 hours at the exhibit.

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Wieden
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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