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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria (Mariahilf)
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Ranked #167 of 412 Attractions in Vienna
Type: Art Museums, Architectural Buildings
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: Secession Museum   The Secession Museum is located at Friedrichstraße 12. Website: http://www.secess... In 1897 a group of nineteen Austrian artists... more »
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Very disappointing. The Klimt murale is great stuff and deserves a visit, no doubt. And the history of this Museum is also quite interesting. But the other exhibitions were so dull and simplistic (like an absolutely empty room with 4 or 5 pictures of a sneaker on the wall) that it almost leaves you with the impression that you have... More

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Eye, United Kingdom
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247 reviews 247 reviews
107 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

There is just the Klimt Beethoven frieze in the building. This was part of the emergence of Jugendstihl (Austrian art nouveau) in a major exhibition in the early 1900s. As such, it is an important part of Austrian art history but you cannot say that it is spectacular. But part of the Klimt legacy and doesn't take long to view... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

the building is just a jewel by itself... and Bethoven's frieze is not only a beautiful and delicate piece of art but also a surprising source of inspiration: it s about the quest of hapiness... i spent some time sitting deciphering the images... the experience was worthwhile the entry fee in my opininon... on the way out, i crossed the... More

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Palermo, Italy
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294 reviews 294 reviews
253 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Definetely the most modern and interesting building in Vienna! Vienna is full of different artistic influences and the visit of this building will make you understand how they can live together in an amazing way!

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Springwood, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I read the reviews on this page before I visited the museum and they are spot on. I am a Klimt fan so i enjoyed the Beethoven Frieze but really there is nothing else to see. I appreciate much art but the other small exhibition was very basic. I left my husband and son in the park behind the gallery... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Don't waste your money on this,even to see the Klimt mural. It's a load of pretentious rubbish masquerading as art. Tea spoons on a table cloth? I don't think so!!

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England, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I'll start with the positives, the building itself is stunning and interesting given the influence Gustav Klimt had over the design & the history of The Secession. Klimt's work inside in the basement is stunning - but only one large piece & one small so don't go here expecting a large display inside. The Singular Form exhibition was running &... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Loved the exterior of the building and the audio guide was worth hiring. The inside was very disappointing indeed. Not a lot to see as they were setting up an exhibition. Only fragments of the Beethoven frieze...Shop expensive!

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141 reviews 141 reviews
16 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The Secession is famous for its display of Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze. The Frieze occupies 3 walls of a large rectangular room and is above visitors, near to the ceiling. There are a few seats so that visitors can contemplate the Frieze but the Frieze is not complete and large sections are missing so that only about a third of... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Unless you have a yearning desire to see Klimt's Beethoven Frieze i would not waste your money on the Vienna Secession. There is little else to see in the building and with a 9 Euro entrance fee it is anything but value for money. Far more interesting places to visit in Vienna. Note no photographs of the Beethoven Frieze allowed.

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