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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria (Mariahilf)
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Ranked #156 of 414 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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new yrok
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The building is really interesting. The main attraction is the basement mural by Klimpt. A bit pricey admission based on time spent there but still a one of a kind piece of art. Did not care for the other exhibits but of course they change them so maybe another time that would add to the experience. Note this is right... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I've always wanted to go to Vienna and visit this building and I loved finally being able to make it. The building looks beautiful from the outside with the gold leaf dome on top, however apart from the Beethoven frieze and the displays and videos about its restoration don't expect to see much inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I was so lucky to go to the Secession with a friend who's an art curator. She explained that the red marble on the entry stairs was to reference red carpet and that the stairs were to raise us up as we went inside, the foyer was a place to leave our daily cares before entering the more spiritual rooms... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

OK So its just a building with some odd art in it ? No.... its possibly the very nucleus of contemporary art in Europe The building now looks a bit tatty from the outside and it was badly damaged in WW2 But many details survive from the entrance hall the exhibition space, the fabrication of some original fittings if you... More

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Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The building looks great as you approach it. Unfortunately, if you're an art Deco fan, that's all you get. Yes, Klimt's Beethoven frieze is downstairs, and it is beautiful, they enforce a strict no photo policy. The rest of the building is now display areas for contemporary art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The interior comprises a large entrance hall with shop, a major cube shaped exhibition hall with various temporary exhibits and basement areas one of which is devoted to Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. Unless prepared before hand you might well think it had been irreparably damaged and that only a few bits remain.This is it. I was disappointed with the colours Klimt's... More

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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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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
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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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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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