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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria (Mariahilf)
Phone Number: 01-587-5307-0
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Ranked #131 of 471 things to do in Vienna
Type: Art museums, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses Gustav Klimt's...
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Type: Art museums, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze," a 30-meter-long interpretation of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony."

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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love this building - especially the intricate gold dome. The Klimt Beethoven frieze was the highlight for me and I spent ages looking at it and kept seeing more detail. The history of the building is also fascinating and the history display and models worth seeing. The other exhibits when we went were a bit weird to say the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We visited here primarily to see the Klimt frieze which is housed in a purpose built basement. To see the whole frieze is stunning and well worth a visit. The rest of the museum houses many other pieces of contemporary art and even though i can not call myself a fan of all modern art, there is a lot to... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is a place that lots of people miss in Vienna. Make sure that you go and you will not be disappointed. This place contains some of the truly great works of art produced in this city over the last several hundred years. A new art movement is represented by this edifice and it is truly one of the city's... More 

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Houston, Texas
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We went here primarily for the Klimt frieze, but there were a number of other contemporary installations. If you don't like very cutting edge art, you won't like this - if you do, you will probably be pleased. I didn't like the Klimt frieze as much as I thought I would.

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Venice, Veneto, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The original structure of the Secession Palace is not visitable neither visible. Some parts are closed and covered by panels. Nothing else, apart the frieze by Klimt, worth to be visited in this building. The contemporary art exhibitions I saw was very sad in my opinion. Too much expensive.

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Melbourne, Australia
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I have grown to know more about the Viennese Secession movement after falling in love with Klimt's work. I went here to see the Beethoven Frieze. Like many of his works, they are much more impressive in real life than in reproduction (The Kiss being a clear example of this too). I wasn't ready for the exterior of this beautiful... More 

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The exterior is stunning - beautiful and elegant and the Beethoven frieze is unmissable. The temporary exhibitions can be weird- we've seen a young woman, jumping on a child's bicycle, riding round and shouting through a loud hailer. Performance art? You have been warned!

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I just walked outside of this amazing building. Totally worth it to walk by and admire the art nouveau decoration that made it so famous. Inside there are usually modern art exibitions. The location is not that great...right on a trafficked street.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The Secession building a little to the west of Karlsplatz in central Vienna. Built in 1898, it represents one of the most important buildings in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) style and it should not be missed by anyone with an interest in art and architecture. Surprisingly small on the outside, the great use of space and light makes its interior look... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Visited here just to see the Beethoven Frieze. Well exhibited with good English information and explanation. Not a great building for disabled people as although ghere was a lift it did not go down to the basement level and so one has to negotiate steps

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