The Foundation is a cultural institution designed exclusively for public scholarly and educational purposes, including establishing the Arnold Schönberg Archive in Vienna, its maintenance and preservation, the education of the public with regard to Schönberg’s interdisciplinary artistic influence, as well as teaching and publicising Schönberg’s contributions to music and other achievements.
It has made its name by teaching, researching, and further educating musicians, scholars, and the public at large, but especially through the regular organisation of exhibitions, concerts, and other events, always with regard to the life and work of Arnold Schönberg. Schönberg’s paintings and drawings are on permanent display; lectures, conferences and symposia provide the theoretical background for the works of this fascinating, versatile artist.
1030 Vienna, Schwarzenbergplatz 6
Opening hours: Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm
Special Exhibition: Arnold Schönberg in Focus. Photographs 1880–1950
November 16, 2016 – March 19, 2017
An exhibition as an open archive: 3,500 historic photographs surviving in Schönberg’s archive illuminate the medium’s development, providing an authentic and moving view of the artist, paterfamilias, friend and contemporary.
A cultural and quotidian history in images: Visitors accompany Schönberg on his travels, encounter him in his private apartments, take part in his life full of chequered history.
A variety of photographical objects: Prints from the photo shop and large-format artist’s enlargements are found among family albums and cameras from Schönberg’s time.
The ‘Pasqualatihaus’, named after its owner Josef Benedikt Baron Pasqualati, was built in the eighteenth century and is located on Mölker Bastei, part of the remains of the old city fortifications. Altogether Ludwig van Beethoven worked in Vienna for thirty-five years. Thereof he spent eight years living in this apartment on the fourth floor. The spectacular view over the then still undeveloped site of the fortification approaches towards the northern and north-western suburbs of Vienna kept drawing the composer back to Mölker Bastei after his various short stays in the country. Here he worked on his 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies, among others, and above all on his opera ‘Fidelio’. Besides numerous documents illustrating the life and work of Beethoven, there is the famous 1804/05 portrait of Beethoven by Willibrord Joseph Mähler and many personal items owned by the composer.
1010 Vienna, Mölker Bastei 8
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–1 pm & 2 pm–6 pm
In Vienna in the 1900s more than eighty private funeral companies competed for the business of burying the city’s citizens in its many grand suburban cemeteries. Since 1951 the Municipal Funeral Service alone has been responsible for funerals, and the fascinating Undertakers’ Museum tells the whole story. More than 900 artefacts document the well-known Viennese interest in death and burial. The museum contains the elaborate black outfits and regalia worn by both the pallbearers as well as the liveries worn by the hearse-pulling horses. There are also wreathes, sashes, lanterns, torches, black flags and different coloured palls signifying the deceased’s profession and former position in life. The unique location of the museum at Vienna’s central cemetery invites the visitor for an atmospheric stroll through the second largest cemetery in Europe.
1110 Vienna, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234
Opening hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–4:30 pm, Saturday 10 am–5:30 pm
Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance
The Centre was founded in 1963 by ex-resistance fighters and anti-Fascist historians. Its research focuses on the topics resistance and persecution from 1934 to 1945, exile, Nazi crimes (especially the Holocaust), right-wing extremism after 1945 and restitution. The permanent exhibition of the Centre is located in rooms on the ground floor of Vienna’s Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus). The main themes on view are the persecution of Austrians on racist, religious or national-patriotic grounds, the expulsion of 130,000 Austrians from their native land following the German invasion of March 1938, and the resistance to the Nazi occupation. A separate section deals with extreme right-wing and neo-Nazi currents in Austria since the war. A computer programme enables visitors to receive further and more in-depth information on the exhibition’s topics through texts, documents, and photographs. Moreover, visitors can use databases to query the names of Austrian Holocaust victims or of victims of the Gestapo.
1010 Vienna, Wipplingerstraße 6-8
Opening hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm, Thursday 9 am–7 pm
The Esperanto Museum of the Austrian National Library conveys the vicissitudes of the history of Esperanto, and also presents in a general way the topic of the relationship of man to language. With interactive media stations and through acoustic aids visitors can get to know not only Esperanto, but also other planned languages, such as the mystical Lingua Ignota of Hildegard of Bingen or Klingon from the television series Star Trek. One of the media stations draws attention to the little known fact that so-called natural languages also have portions of artificially created vocabulary. That rules of grammar can be easily learned and can be acquired without intense swotting is proved by an automat through which you can get a grasp of the grammar of Esperanto using the now legendary Pacman game. A video course of the BBC gives an impression of how spoken Esperanto sounds.
Since its founding in 1927 the Esperanto Museum has had a comprehensive library, which is now the world’s biggest of its kind and in 1990 received the title of Department of Planned Languages.
1010 Vienna, Herrengasse 9
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm, Thursday 10 am–9 pm
The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library in Palais Mollard is the world’s only institution in which terrestrial and celestial globes and globes of earth’s moon and various planets, as well as instruments linked with globes (armillary spheres) and instruments in which globes are an integral part (planetaria, telluria, lunaria) are acquired, researched, and presented to the public. The Museum is divided into an exhibition area, in which a most comprehensive collection of globes and globe related instruments is set up and accessible to the public, and a store section and a study area.
In the permanent displays the globes are presented to the visitors as specific cartographic expressions, but also as valuable aesthetic objects of high artistic quality and craftsmanship. Particular aspects of the study of globes are emphasised: the history of globes, their production, the spectrum of topics presented on globes, but also questions relevant to the history of culture, such as the use of globes and their reception. Examples make it easy to follow the development of geographic and cosmographic concepts and knowledge in the past centuries. The Museum shows not only three-dimensional objects: digital presentations offer a gripping connection between the old treasures that may not be touched and modern means of communication.
In the ‘Collectors’ Gallery’ objects on permanent loan from important private Viennese collections are on display – among them the oldest globe extant in Austria, the terrestrial globe of Gemma Frisius (about 1536), a unique object from the collection of Rudolf Schmidt, Vienna.
1010 Vienna, Herrengasse 9
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm, Thursday 10 am–9 pm
House of Music
The House of Music Vienna makes music heard, seen and felt in various experience zones on seven floors. Visitors are prompted to engage in interactive play with music, they are given information on the history of music; they experience unexpected sounds, and will come to know the House of Music as a centre for aesthetic, scientific, popular and artistic encounters with music. The House of Music offers – metaphorically speaking – musical language courses and hopes to play a role in helping its visitors to speak as well as understand the language of music.
1010 Vienna, Seilerstätte 30
Opening hours: daily 10 am–10 pm
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) spent the last twelve years of his life in Gumpendorf, at that time an outlying village of Vienna. Having bought his house between two periods of stay in England, he extended it by one floor, moving in aged 65 in 1797. Here he died on May 31, 1809. To mark the 200th anniversary of his death last year, the permanent exhibition in the Haydnhaus has been completely redesigned. The focus is on the last years of the composer’s life, linking them to the political and social setting of his time. The garden has been reconstructed according to historical models and is now accessible to visitors for the first time ever – a green oasis in the built-up area of Mariahilferstrasse. At the centre of the exhibition is Joseph Haydn’s music, his lifestyle and his growing old. Haydn’s popularity and reputation had reached its zenith at this time. Celebrated internationally, he was admired by his fellow-composers, and courted by music publishers. Numerous visitors from both home and abroad paid their respects to Haydn. Their records and memoirs have been used to help structure the exhibition. The most important works of the composer’s old age were created in this last residence, including the two oratorios ‘The Creation’ (1796–1798) and ‘The Seasons’ (1799–1801). Here Haydn experienced one of the most creatively fruitful periods of his life.
1060 Vienna, Haydngasse 19
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–1 pm & 2 pm–6 pm
Museum of Military History
The Museum of Military History is situated right in the centre of the Arsenal. It was built according to plans of Ludwig Foerster and Theophil Hansen from 1850 to 1856 and was thus the first Viennese museum. The styles of this town’s oldest historic building range from Byzantine, Hispano-Moorish to Neo-Gothic. In five major sections the museum shows the history of the Habsburg Empire from the end of the 16th century until 1918 and Austria’s fate after the dissolution of the monarchy up to the year 1945.
1030 Vienna, Arsenal Objekt 1
Opening hours: daily 9 am–5 pm
Imperial Furniture Collection
The Imperial Furniture Collection possesses the world’s largest collection of furniture. This museum brings to life the world of imperial living at the Habsburg court, with special emphasis on the Biedermeier, Empire, Historicist and Jugendstil eras. In 1747 Empress Maria Theresia founded the Court Furniture Depository. Today this is one of the world’s largest museums of furniture and furnishings. The Habsburgs furnished their residences and palaces according to the style of the times and their own aesthetic predilections. Any item that was no longer needed ended up in the depository. Today almost 160,000 objects fill the storerooms. On display are numerous original items of Habsburg furniture, from commodes to imperial thrones. At the same time, the exhibition gives an overview of the history of Viennese cabinet-making and interior design. All the personalities who left their mark on the history of Viennese design, from the craftsmen who supplied the imperial court to the famous artists of the early 20th century such as Adolf Loos, Otto Wagner and Josef Hoffmann are represented here.
1070 Vienna, Andreasgasse 7
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Johann Strauss Apartment
In 1867 in this apartment, Johann Strauss composed the world-famous waltz ‘The Blue Danube’, Austria’s ‘unofficial national anthem’! Strauss lived seven years on Praterstrasse, then a fashionable and elegant Viennese suburban street. His own instruments, furniture and paintings illustrate Strauss’s work as a composer, musician and conductor, but the whole presentation brings Strauss close to us in private as well, a man who married three times, an enthusiast at billiards and cards, and a caricaturist. Moreover, there are reminiscences of his other apartments, the Vienna ballrooms and concert halls of his time, and also the other composers in the family circle: Johann Strauss the Elder and the talented brothers Josef and Eduard.
1020 Vienna, Praterstraße 54
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–1 pm & 2 pm–6 pm
Institute for the History of Medicine
The Institute for the History of Medicine and its collections have been housed since 1920 in the Josephinum, a classicist edifice built in 1785 under Emperor Joseph II. Dedicated to the world-famous Vienna Medical Schools of the 18th, the 19th and the early 20th century, it exhibits documents, pictures, original instruments and preparations, as well as personal memorabilia of some of the most distinguished and prominent protagonists of medical sciences. The greatest treasure of the Josephinum, namely the unique collection of anatomical and obstetric wax models, has remained in virtually pristine condition over the passage of two centuries since their creation.
Since 2007, the museum at the Josephinum forms part of the ‘Collections of the Medical University of Vienna’ and the long-term plan envisages a whole new concept.
1090 Vienna, Währingerstraße 25
Opening hours: Wednesday 4 pm–8 pm, Friday+Saturday 10 am–6 pm
Jewish Museum of Vienna
The theme of ‘remembrance’ is omnipresent throughout the Jewish Museum Vienna. It is a key to Jewish culture and permeates the Museum right down to the smallest detail. But remembering also means active confrontation, and the museum is therefore a place to meet, communicate and discuss. Apart from the exhibitions, it offers a wide range of symposiums, lectures, panel discussions, concerts and many other events. The permanent exhibition is supplemented every year by numerous temporary exhibitions on Jewish history, religion and culture.
1010 Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11
Opening hours: Sunday–Friday 10 am–6 pm
1010 Vienna, Judenplatz 8
Opening hours: Sunday–Thursday 10 am–6 pm, Friday 10 am–2 pm
Special Exhibition: The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Before 1938
November 4, 2016 – May 1, 2017 / Museum Dorotheergasse
Female artists in Vienna had a very difficult time before 1938. It is therefore all the more surprising how many women managed to succeed in this métier. A large number of them came from assimilated Jewish families. Painters like Tina Blau, Broncia Koller-Pinell, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, or ceramic artists Vally Wieselthier and Susi Singer have established a place for themselves in the history of art. But many others have unjustifiably sunk into oblivion—the sculptor Theresa Feodorowna Ries, the painters Grete Wolf-Krakauer and Helene Taussig, or the painter and graphic artist Lili Rethi. The exhibition presents forty artists and describes their unusual training and careers, marked by a struggle for recognition in a male-dominated art world. It also looks at promising careers that were interrupted through exile or ended forever in the Nazi extermination camps. An exhibition with lots of new discoveries.
Special Exhibition: The Glück Family Living Room
September 28, 2016 – March 26, 2017 / Museum Dorotheergasse
The living room of the Glück family is a completely normal Viennese living room from the 1920s, and then again not, since while most of the furniture belonging to the Jews of Vienna was “aryanized” after 1938, the Glück family’s ended up in New York in 1939.
The exhibition relates the history of a Jewish furrier family, from its arrival in Vienna from the north-eastern crown lands around 1900 to its escape after the annexation of Austria in 1938 to France and the USA. Henry (Heinz) Glück, who donated this furniture to the Jewish Museum Vienna two years ago, was born in Vienna in 1934. His father Erwin escaped from Vienna in 1938 with the family’s furniture, initially to Paris. He arrived a while later with his brother in New York, where they once again opened a furrier’s workshop on 7th Avenue in the garment district. Henry and his mother Lily (née Greif) were unable to get away. Lily was deported and murdered in Auschwitz after a police raid in Nice in August 1942. Henry found refuge for a while in a monastery and was hidden from 1943 by a Catholic family in Aix-en-Provence.
The apartment and living room furniture in New York were given up in 2012 following the death of Erwin and his second wife Herta Kleeblatt Glück. The Jewish Museum Vienna is celebrating the return of this Viennese living room from New York with a very personal exhibition about living but also about escape and migration in the twentieth century.
Special Exhibition: Horowitz: fifty years of portrait photos
December 2, 2016 – May 28, 2017 / Museum Judenplatz
This exhibition at Museum Judenplatz offers an insight into the portrait photography of Michael Horowitz, photographer, journalist, and author, born in Vienna in 1950. He has written biographies of Heimito von Doderer, Egon Erwin Kisch, Karl Kraus, Helmut Qualtinger, and H.C. Artmann, inspired by his father, a well-known theater photographer. The family came from Galicia to Vienna in the 1920s to join relatives who managed a textile company. Forced to leave Austria, they survived World War II in Shanghai and France. Michael Horowitz started taking pictures at the age of sixteen and through his job as a journalist and editor-in-chief of Freizeit met countless celebrities from the world of politics, science, art, and culture—and photographed them all. His photography is effectively a document of contemporary history.
Permanent exhibition at the Museum Judenplatz
In the Middle Ages Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish community, which was one of the largest and most important in Europe. Famous Rabbis taught and worked here and made Vienna into a centre of Jewish knowledge. This lively and creative atmosphere has come to an abrupt end in 1420/21 by the expulsion and murder of the Viennese Jews. In 1995 the remains of the destroyed synagogue were excavated. They stand as a strong witness to the rich community life and its destruction. In 2000, the Museum Judenplatz was opened as an outpost of the Jewish Museum. At the same time Rachel Whiteread’s memorial for the victims of the Shoah was unveiled. Today new sources, scientific and architectural findings shed a new and more detailed light on the life of the Jews in the medieval city of Vienna. The Jewish Museum will show these new findings state of the art. Starting with the development of Jewish communities in the Middle Ages through a reconstruction of Jewish Vienna, to the everyday life of Jews at the time the new permanent exhibition offers a unique overview of this fascinating period. A virtual tour allows us to walk through Jewish Vienna of the 14th century and leads us to the Jewish festivals and the customs of that time. This helps to understand how the life of the Jewish community was organised.
Johann Nestroy, Arthur Schnitzler, Franz Kafka, Ilse Aichinger, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Friederike Mayröcker – these are only some of the names of major Austrian authors whose letters, works and creativity are presented in the Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library featuring unique original sources and numerous media points.
A varied and innovative presentation is found on two floors of the building, while from 2016 the third floor will be used for special exhibitions. The ground floor is available for readings, workshops and discussions. Occupying a total of 750 m², the Literature Museum presents a living and open picture of Austrian literature from the end of the 18th century to the present.
The focus is on the authors and the phenomena of literary life that were or are of importance within the Austrian borders at the relevant time. Thus the Literature Museum has not just an Austrian but also a European dimension. A combination of thematic and chronological chapters guides the visitor to significant historical milestones and caesuras – from the Enlightenment and Biedermeier via Vienna around 1900 as the laboratory of modern age, the two world wars, the interwar and Nazi periods, exile and the Cold War up to the immediate present.
1010 Vienna, Johannesgasse 6
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm, Thursday 10 am–9 pm
Domgasse 5 is the only one of Mozart’s apartments that still exists today. As Mozarthaus Vienna it is a centre devoted to the life and works of Mozart. The composer lived here from 1784 to 1787 in grand style, with four large rooms, two small ones and a kitchen. The life and works of this musical genius are presented here on four exhibition levels. In addition to Mozart’s apartment, visitors can find out about the times in which Mozart lived and his most important works. The exhibition focuses on his years in Vienna, which marked a high point in his creativity; right in this apartment he wrote ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, one of his most famous operas. The tour starts on the 3rd floor of the building with details of Mozart’s time in Vienna: where he lived and performed, who his friends and supporters were, his relationship to the Freemasons, his passion for games and much more. The presentation on the 2nd floor deals with Mozart’s operatic works, and the apartment on the 1st floor, the real heart of the building, focuses on the two and a half years that Mozart lived there.
1010 Vienna, Domgasse 5
Opening hours: daily 10 am–7 pm
Museum of Natural History
The imposing palace of Natural History has been the home of ever increasing collections since 1889. In 39 display halls covering 8,700 sq. m. visitors can travel through our planet’s history, through the breathtaking diversity of nature, and back to the origins of our culture. On the upper ground floor you will come across fascinating and valuable precious stones and minerals, rare fossils and gigantic dinosaurs, as well as famous prehistoric works of art. Some of the most important pieces are the 25,000 year-old figure of ‘Venus von Willendorf’, the skeleton of a Diplodocus, the longest terrestrial vertebrate that ever lived, a giant topaz weighing 117 kg, and the valuable bouquet of jewels which Maria Theresia had made as a present for her husband. The first floor presents the overwhelming species variety of the animal world, from protozoa to the most highly developed mammals.
1010 Vienna, Burgring 7
Opening hours: Thursday–Monday 9 am–6:30 pm, Wednesday 9 am–9 pm
Special Exhibition: Diversity counts! An expedition through biodiversity
November 23, 2016 – April 17, 2017
Featuring more than 50 interactive objects and media installations, this exciting new hands-on exhibition invites visitors to become scientists and explorers themselves by discovering the world of biodiversity and biodiversity research.
The exhibition DIVERSITY COUNTS! is a fascinating journey through three categories of habitat currently being investigated with the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG) using intensive and innovative research techniques: meadows, forests, and seas.
Hidden object puzzles provide fascinating insights into these ecosystems. Of course, a mountain rainforest has little in common with a European mixed forest. But there are also many different kinds of meadow looking rather similar at first sight: dry grass and lush pastures, nutrient-poor grassland and heathland. This exhibition explains the differences between them in a clear, easy-to-understand way.
Biodiversity is more than just the range of plants and animals living on our planet. It also includes the manifold genera, species, and habitats with all their many interconnections and interactions, as well as their influences on mankind.
Meadows, forests, lakes, rivers, and seas – each ecosystem delivers invaluable services to every country, company, and individual, as well as to our planet as a whole. Fertile soil, clean water, and unpolluted air used to be seen as resources available in unlimited quantities and free of charge to all. This perception is now changing dramatically. The question whether future generations will have enough natural resources depends first and foremost on how much importance we attach in the next few years and decades to these still very cheap or free services provided by the Earth’s ecosystems.
Special Exhibition: The beginning of everything. About galaxies, quarks and collisions
October 19, 2016 – May 1, 2017
What does the universe consist of? Where does the universe end? How many dimensions are there in the universe? What is the universe expanding into? These and similar questions have bothered humans for centuries and still bring us to the limits not only of our knowledge but also of our imagination. ‘The beginning of everything’ presents answers to at least part of these questions by taking visitors for a journey more than 13 billion years back into the past, to the start of the universe, and by communicating most recent scientific knowledge of particle physics and cosmology in a readily comprehensible manner. In addition, artists offer a contrasting approach to this complex topic from different visual, optical and acoustic angles and perspectives.
The first section refers to the observable universe, with impressive images of our solar system and spectacular pictures of stars and galaxies taken by the Hubble Space telescope. The life cycle of a star is documented, and meteorites lead to the question “How did life on Earth get started?”
The second part of the exhibition focuses on the first 380,000 years after the Big Bang. Supersymmetry, the Higgs particle as well as the dominance of dark matter in the universe are presented, a moment before quarks and gluons formed protons and neutrons. In the exhibition, these invisible, incredibly tiny particles figuratively seem to gain in substance as visitors are invited to give rise to new quarks and play soccer with protons. The very early universe is the subject of intensive research. The crucial question, however, the question about the instant of the Big Bang itself, is still unanswered. Scientists think they can pick up the story after a few fractions of a second, but the very beginning of the universe remains pretty hazy.
The third part of the exhibition is devoted to CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) where physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe and bring its earliest moments into sharper and sharper focus. Visitors learn about the most recent scientific findings and get to know the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments like particle accelerators and particle detectors.
Just as we do not know how the universe exactly started, we also do not know how exactly it will end. Therefore, visitors are given the chance to create their favourite possible scenario for the end of the universe themselves, by choosing between Big Crunch, Big Rip, or Big Freeze.
Austrian Theatre Museum
The Austrian Theatre Museum at Palais Lobkowitz was founded in 1991, finally gaining independence from the Austrian National Library, whose theatrical collections from 1922 onwards create the basis for this museum. Its permanent exhibition presents the most beautiful and most interesting of the museum’s over 1.6 million objects, illustrating the fields of costume design, stage design, photography, posters, sketches, props, and other parts of the world of theatre.
1010 Vienna, Lobkowitzplatz 2
Opening hours: Wednesday–Monday 10 am–6 pm
Special Exhibition: His freedom, our freedom. Václav Havel and the Viennese Burgtheater
September 22, 2016 – April 17, 2017
Václav Havel who would have celebrated his 80th birthday on October 5, 2016, was a playwright and dissident, critical of the regime, who was repeatedly sentenced to prison, before becoming President of Czechoslovakia. Under director Achim Benning numerous of Václav Havel’s plays premiered successfully at the Burgtheater – the reason why the man, who refused to lie, respectfully called this theatre his mother stage – mateřské divadlo.
Anna Freimanová, Václav Havel’s companion for many years and consultant during his presidency curated the show which was produced by the Václav-Havel-Library Prague. The Theatermuseum presents this exhibition in cooperation with the Czech Centre Vienna.
Pathologic-Anatomical Collection in the Fool’s Tower
The museum was actually founded as early as 1796 under Emperor Franz I as part of the pathologic-anatomical institute. It has been an official federal museum since 1974 and is housed in the so-called ‘Narrenturm (Fool’s Tower)’, which was built in 1784 under Emperor Joseph II as the first psychiatric hospital in Europe.
1090 Vienna, Uni Campus Court 6, Spitalgasse 2
Opening hours: Wednesday 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 10 am–1 pm
Something as special as the Prater itself is the Prater Museum in the planetarium building. It gives a vivid impression of the changes in the history of Viennese entertainment culture, and is as fascinating as it is bizarre and spine-chilling. Amusement and melancholy make a poignant mix in such things as the ‘International Marriage Agency’ automatic fortune-telling machine, the legendary ventriloquist doll ‘Max’, or a dragon (lindworm) from a grotto ride torn down a long time ago. The large original model of the 1873 Vienna World Exhibition reminds the visitor of both the city’s desire to show off its best side and a painful flop – visitors stayed away because the threat of cholera hung over the city. The homunculus shoes, the giant’s suit and the ‘Bodiless Lady’ are relics of the freak and sensation shows of the late nineteenth century, so alienating to today’s taste. Vienna’s legendary ‘strong men’ are also represented in the show.
1020 Vienna, Oswald-Thomas-Platz 1
Opening hours: Friday–Sunday & public holidays, 10 am–1 pm & 2 pm–6 pm
Were all Romans Italians? What did a legionary do in peace time? What was life like in Vindobona, where about 30,000 people lived at that time? Find the answers to these questions here in the Roman Museum. Fascinating archaeological finds enable you actively to experience the Roman history of Vienna – both of the city and the culture. You can catch a glimpse of a Roman legionary’s life in the basement – take the entrance to the left via the steps into the basement.
1010 Vienna, Hoher Markt 3
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 9 am–6 pm
This is the house where the great composer Franz Schubert was born on 31 January 1797. It was then called ‘Zum roten Krebsen’ (The Red Crab) and was situated in the Viennese suburb of Himmelpfortgrund. Here Schubert spent the first four and a half years of his childhood. The apartment of the large family consisted solely of one room and a ‘Rauchkuchl’ (kitchen with open fire). Today a large part of the top floor is dedicated to the memory of the composer. It presents an impressive documentation of his musical development, his circle of friends, and the important stages of his life. One of the rooms shows numerous portraits of the composer. But the item that fascinates the public most is a seemingly unspectacular pair of spectacles belonging to the composer, which became the ‘trademark’ of Schubert veneration.
1090 Vienna, Nußdorfer Straße 54
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–1 pm & 2 pm–6 pm
In the former living quarters and office of Sigmund Freud in the house at Berggasse 19 in Vienna’s ninth district, the Sigmund Freud Museum presents an exhibition documenting the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud lived and worked in this house from 1891 until 1938, when he was forced by the Nazis to flee with his family into exile in England. The interior decoration of the museum was carried out in 1971 with the help of Anna Freud, Sigmund Freud’s youngest daughter. Original furnishings, including the waiting room, a selection from Freud’s collection of antiquities, as well as signed copies and first editions of his works provide a glimpse into Freud’s biography, his cultural environment, and the development of psychoanalysis. Today Anna Freud’s rooms house a collection of contemporary art, the Foundation for the Arts, Sigmund Freud-Museum Vienna, and an Anna Freud memorial room. Historical film clips assembled and commentated by Anna Freud that depict moments in the private life of Freud and his family are shown in a video room.
1090 Vienna, Berggasse 19
Opening hours: daily 10 am–6 pm
Special Exhibition: “The apartment is doing well.” The Freuds at Berggasse 19
From January 31, 2017
The special aura of Sigmund Freud’s office has been described by many authors. But how did Freud and his family live at Berggasse 19? How can we picture that “intimate atmosphere of shared privacy and of open historicity” (Erik Erikson) that characterised the life of the founder of psychoanalysis at his home in Vienna?
“The apartment is doing well”. The Freuds at Berggasse 19 examines the Freuds’ family life in their rooms dating back to the Gründerzeit period. Father of six Sigmund Freud spent almost half a century as a tenant at Berggasse 19, together with his wife Martha, the children and his sister-in-law Minna Bernays, and at least two servants.
The rooms changed many times over the years: various moves, conversions and use of the rooms for different purposes not only reflect the changing needs of a fast-growing family and the effects between building structures and social behaviour in this turn-of-the-century setting. Numerous letter notes, quotations from theoretical writings, and visual documentations of the Freuds’ interior illustrate the extent to which the family and private setting also influenced the early development of the new science of the unconscious – regardless of the division between living and working areas practised by Sigmund Freud, as has been so often described in the literature. It is above all the descriptions gleaned from private correspondence – fragments of private biographical accounts – that project a kaleidoscopic image of the interior in which the history of the Freud family at Berggasse 19 was able to unfold until their expulsion in 1938.
Museum of Technology
On an area of 22,000 m², the Technisches Museum Wien offers a wide range of fascinating insights into the world of technology. Unique exhibits from the past to the present make the house a venue for exploring exciting technological developments. Texts, films, and experiments illustrate the mutual influence between technological achievements and society, economy and culture. Granting each visitor an individual approach, multimedia presentations make every tour through the museum a personal experience. The collections on show offer information on many issues and objects of technology and its history. The network of historical machines, models, visitor experiments, pictures, texts, and other elements guarantees an experience that exceeds reading a book or viewing a lecture with pictures: the presented originals tell stories that awaken the visitors’ memories and challenge them to explore the highlighted subjects.
1140 Vienna, Mariahilferstraße 212
Opening hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm, Saturday, Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Special Exhibition: The urban future. Thinking forward
From November 4, 2015
There’s no denying the fact that the living space of the future will be urban. Cities account for around half the world’s population living on a mere two per cent of the world’s surface area – and by the year 2050, that figure will most probably have risen to more than two thirds.
This global trend raises all sorts of questions. How do we want to live in the future? What sort of homes will we want? How will we want to build, travel around, and supply ourselves with energy? How do we intend to feed ourselves? How will we structure our cities? And who will own our cities?
So the constant interplay between growth, social visions and real urban development needs continual innovations in order to shape the urban future and satisfy a whole range of different requirements.
The starting point of the exhibition is the new urban innovations special exhibition area which, together with the adjoining permanent exhibitions on urban life, urban mobility and urban energy, give fresh impetus to the further development of our urban spaces.
Special Exhibition: Inventory No. 1938. Provenance research at the Vienna Technical Museum
From November 4, 2015
Cars, radios and hot-water heaters: the looting raids conducted by the Nazis did not stop at objects of everyday life. Since 1998 the TMW has been combing through its collection for items once looted by the Nazis, and it has been trying to track down their rightful owners.
The public debate over provenance research is dominated by questions surrounding the restitution of valuable artworks such as paintings and drawings. It usually overlooks the fact that the Nazis mainly stole objects of everyday life from those persecuted on ‘racial’ and ‘political’ grounds: radio sets and cameras, furniture, bicycles, musical instruments, linen, motor vehicles and motorcycles. Since it was first established, the Technisches Museum Wien has always collected objects of everyday life, and its collection, too, has been found to comprise objects previously in Jewish ownership. The exhibition explains the day-to-day practice of Nazi raids, reconstructs the life stories of those deprived and despoiled, and documents the search currently underway to trace the rightful heirs, who are now dispersed all around the world.
Inventory No. 1938 is the first permanent exhibition of its kind on the subject of ‘provenance research’ by a museum in the German-speaking countries, and it documents the ‘Aryanisation’ of everyday objects around 1938. A database on vehicles looted by the Nazis gives visitors an opportunity to carry out some investigative research of their own.
With more than 3,000 clocks the Clock Museum has a collection that is unique in Europe. It is accommodated in an enchanting Viennese house in the historical city, with foundation walls dating from the Middle Ages, and situated very close to Judenplatz. At the stroke of every full hour, three floors re-echo with chimes, sounds and carillons from the many clocks that are kept working. They document the measurement of time and the technology of horology from the fifteenth century until the present day.
The greatest imaginable diversity of types and models from all over the world is on show in the Clock Museum: witty and ingenious picture clocks with hidden dial-plates; richly decorated longcase commode clocks telling of the social rank of their owners; pocket watches and pendants with luxurious ornamentation as the most exquisite pieces of jewellery. Among the highlights of a visit to the museum is the astronomical art clock by David a Sancto Cajetano from the eighteenth century. Besides telling the time, this technical masterpiece informs on the length of the day and the orbital phases of the planets, and with sensational precision.
1010 Vienna, Schulhof 2
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art
The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, founded in 1895 and housed since 1917 in the Schönborn Garden Palace in the Josefstadt district of Vienna, displays collections of the traditional folk culture of Austria and its neighbouring countries. The renovation of the building in the 1980s and 1990s permitted a new conceptualisation and design of the exhibits on the ground floor. Not only does this now provide an overview of pre-modern folk culture, but it has also made possible a glimpse into the unique folk art collection of the Museum. The collections show culture as it is reflected in folk art, providing evidence of its many-sided expressions.
1080 Vienna, Laudongasse 15–19
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Museum of Vienna
The Wien Museum has a very special position amongst Vienna’s museums. With its mixture of artistic and historical collections, it shows Vienna’s development over the past centuries. One can view valuable art treasures, and one perceives a city and its myth. Highlights of the collection are archaeological finds from the Roman time, original glass windows from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the oldest maps of Vienna, and numerous views of the city showing its expansion and changes. Furthermore, there are selected pieces of furniture, garments, and precious artefacts from the 19th century on display. The permanent exhibition ‘Vienna Around 1900’ presents principal works by Klimt, Schiele, Gerstl, and artists of the Wiener Werkstätte.
1040 Vienna, Karlsplatz 8
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Special Exhibition: Protestant Vienna. Religious conflict after Luther
February 16 – May 14, 2017
Martin Luther’s critique of the sale of indulgences in 1517 was the spark that ignited the Reformation. Marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s publication of his 95 Theses, the exhibition recalls the decades when Vienna was a majority-Protestant city.Renaissance Humanism, the discovery of the Americas, and the invention of the printing press fundamentally altered the European worldview around 1500. Vienna, too, was undergoing transformation. University life was blossoming, and important scholars bestrode the city. Luther’s ideas fell on fruitful ground, even finding favour with Emperor Maximilian II.
Yet his successors refused to tolerate any form of Protestant worship, forcing much of the population to take refuge in the castles on the outskirts of Vienna. Hernals, in particular, became a significant centre of Protestant culture.
The Reformation survived the triumphal years of the Viennese Counter Reformation in secret and in the chapels of foreign legations. Joseph II’s Patent of Toleration (1781), a declaration that accorded a circumscribed freedom of religious expression to Lutherans and Calvinists, rounds out the exhibition.
Three outstanding original documents – a printing of Luther’s theses (1517), the Augsburg Confession (1530), and the Peace of Augsburg (1555) – bring the exhibition beyond the horizons of Vienna.
Viennese Museum of Criminology
In one of the oldest buildings in the 2nd district, built probably in the early 1600s, you will find this gem of a museum. In 20 rooms the history of justice and police, as well as that of criminality is presented, from the Middle Ages right to the present. Visitors will learn about medieval punishments and the final executions in Vienna, about the attempt on Emperor Franz Joseph’s life and the terror of anarchists. The ‘dark Vienna’ of 300 years comes alive in these original exhibits.
1020 Vienna, Große Sperlgasse 24
Opening hours: Thursday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
ZOOM Children’s Museum is a place of playful inquiry, learning, and discovery for children. It gives young museum goers the chance to zoom in on new situations and use all their senses to grasp the world around them. At ZOOM Children’s Museum, children are free to explore, discover, and learn in a playful way that involves all their senses. All exhibitions and workshops are designed to encourage active and self-determined experience. Accompanying programmes foster creativity – artists encourage kids to paint, dance, make music, and explore the world – and they don’t just supervise, they join in. ZOOM’s hands-on exhibitions provide children with a meaningful introduction to the world of museums.
1070 Vienna, Museumsplatz 1
Opening hours: Tuesday–Friday 8:30 am–4 pm, Saturday, Sunday 10 am–4 pm
Special programmes require reservation