Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library

Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library, Vienna: Hours, Address, Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library Reviews: 4.5/5

Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library

Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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All about the globe! The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library in the magnificent setting of Palais Mollard is unique in the world. Discover over 250 exhibits involving a total of 750 objects in the exhibition area – including exclusive terrestrial and celestial globes, globes of the moon and other planets as well as numerous astronomical instruments.
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Neighbourhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
How to get there
  • Herrengasse • 1 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 6 min walk
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO729 contributions
My boyfriend and I visited this museum one morning, and had the whole place to ourselves, It was very interesting and had much a wide variety of different types of globes. I learned a lot actually, including that for many years people thought California was an island due to bad info being shared. The museum was a nice size, felt like we got our money’s worth, but didn’t feel bored or overwhelmed. Highly recommend visiting during your trip to Vienna, if globes and maps are of interest to you.
Written 25 July 2022
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Need To See It All
Perth, Australia1,088 contributions
Being in love with travel and exploration certainly lends itself to a love of history and a globe museum is such a unique offering. We were very fortunate to happen across a day where all the museums in Vienna were free, so we opted to visit. While the globes were fascinating, and there were some really unusual items, the security attendants were unbelievably overbearing, constantly berating people for standing too close to the glass near the globes. We were asked to step back numerous times, having not once touched the glass or gotten any closer than one would usually do to a display. I certainly appreciate the desire to maintain the delicate items, but I would suggest if they want people further away, put up other barriers - is that not the point of the glass? It actually kind of ruined the experience because we felt on edge the entire time for fear of getting in trouble, and kept getting interrupted when trying to read the explanations.
Written 11 September 2020
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pbadeer
Chicago, IL152 contributions
Friends
If you’re looking for something different, the globe museum will do very nicely. It’s a small museum opened sometime near 2005 - I only know this because none of the signage has changed since then. It’s basically a collection of globes. Pretty to look at. But it’s difficult to learn much more than that. Elaborate mechanisms were described via text with no working models. (Signage is bilingual) And minimal explanation was given to production. The layout was such that we found a display referencing “gores” before we found the board explaining what gores were. One whole room is just the permanent loan of a group of collectors with very poor signage - each globe is numbered yet you have to walk over to another wall to find what those numbers mean. An hour is more than enough and that lets you read EVERYTHING - there’s not that much. The only interactive part of the museum wasn’t working while we were there but even with it there wouldn’t be much to hold a young child’s interest.

Note you cannot get a ticket just to the globe museum. It comes with papyrus and Esperanto museum entries as well whether you want them or not.
Written 30 December 2019
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Ashley
Boston, MA38 contributions
This museum was highlighted by Atlas Obscura as an interesting place to visit while in Vienna and I was very interested in the concept. Although part of the National Library, it is not located in the main building so make sure you're going to the correct place. The entrance fee is very affordable, no more than €5 per adult, and includes two other museums. Your ticket is only good for one entrance so make sure to go to the bathroom before you enter - you're not allowed to leave and come back in. The globes in the museum are interesting and cover a range of time periods and styles. There were interactive computer elements which were a nice addition, but the overall flow of the museum wasn't very intuitive. It was hard to match the globes with the descriptions and it just felt like it could be more robust. This would be a great place for a more hands-on exhibit where visitors could touch replicas of these historical globes and be more immersed in the history and significance. Overall, this museum is a good way to pass an hour and learn something but probably isn't worth going out of your way to see if you have a packed itinerary.
Written 11 December 2019
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HBB85
West Sussex, UK374 contributions
We visited as this attraction is free on the Vienna Pass. It is literally a whole world of globes!! It is perhaps most enjoyed by those who (like my co-visitor) have an interest in cartography. It held my interest for a short period of time but its topic is not a specialised interest of mine. There are globes of all sizes and materials on display, with old, new and astronomical depictions. This (ironically!) is the world's largest collection of globes!
Written 30 November 2019
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Y0rkshirewalker
Leven, UK40 contributions
Friends
We visited this museum using our Vienna Pass. What a fascinating place. Never knew there were so many different globes. Also we were the only people there in a very busy city.
Written 22 November 2019
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Tom T
20 contributions
Couples
Very interesting museum at a very reasonable price. The different globes on view are fascinating and they cover the history really well. Possibly needs a slight update regarding new tech, but that often happens with museums in my experience. Would highly recommend if you are into globes and how they are/were involved and evolved for education, navigation etc.
Written 21 November 2019
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Daina Eve O
256 contributions
Solo
Even as someone who has never really thought about globes, this museum was very cool. All the globes are really fun to look at on their own, and the information you can read about them really adds to the experience of seeing them. There were some cool technological experiences, like a 3d model of an old globe you could turn and zoom into with a big touch screen. For the €5 admission (which includes two other museums too) it's well worth it to go if you have free time in Vienna. Not huge, but with the other two museums there is plenty to see.
Written 9 October 2019
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Stirling B
Ottawa, Canada583 contributions
Couples
I have always loved looking at maps & globes and so when my partner told me about this museum I was looking forward to visiting it. This museum displays globes from various periods in history and you can see how the mapping of the world evolved as each period in history had different maps of the world as well as countries changed over time. Noticed lots of globes from the 20s & 30s, but there were earlier ones there as well.
Written 29 July 2019
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic5,776 contributions
Couples
The tickets to the Globe Museum also apply to the Esperanto Museum, which is located in the same building and to the Papyrus Museum, which is in different building, but not very far fom the Globe Museum. So for only 5 EUR you can visit three exhibition.

At the Globe Museum you can see not only globes of the Earth from different periods, but globes of universe as well. Some of them are old, some new but all of them are beautiful. It is worth visiting this small lovely museum.
Written 28 July 2019
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