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Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria
Phone Number: 01-587-5307-0
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses...
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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That's how our tour guide described the sculpture atop building when we drove by. I got back only 15 minutes before closing, but I really wanted to see the Beethoven Frieze. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This is quite small but it houses the Klimt Beethoven Freeze. What other reason would you need to visit. Oh and stretching out in front of it is the Naschmarkt so you can combine the two in one visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I was so anxious to see this that I failed to notice it is now an exhibition space for some dubious modern art, at least not to my taste. Yes glorious architecture on the outside but only the basement gallery has relevant exhibits. Some drawings and documentation and the Klimt freize. Very disappointing for a fan - the Leopold museum... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Beethoven frieze. That's it. If this building was meant to show art unwanted anywhere else, they got it. You go downstairs and find the frieze done by Klimt, moved from its original place, then stolen, then properly (?) bought, etc. On the floor, ceramic that is awful and completely lacking in craftsmanship. So I paid 5+ euros to see... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

That's how our tour guide described the sculpture atop building when we drove by. I got back only 15 minutes before closing, but I really wanted to see the Beethoven Frieze. They sold me a half price ticket and I went in. Can't speak to any of the other works there, but that was really interesting and I'm glad I... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

There isn't really a lot there for the price. The beethoven friezes are worth a look if you like Klimst - but there wasn't much of everything else and it was pretty pretentious

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Built in 1898 to display art by Klimt and other artists this now contains The Klimt freeze which was designed to be representative of Richard Wagners interpretation of Beethovens ninth symphony and whilst only in 1 room was interesting Elsewhere was some very modern art displayed but no English interpretation on display

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The building is a piece of art by itself - especially from the outside, and in the reception area. If you don't see more, be sure to see at least that. I however would recommend going in - at least if you love Klimt. Seeing the Beethoven Friese where it originally was made for is wonderful. I could hear "Ode... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The exterior of the building is beautiful and it is rich in history, but the interior is purely functional. Except for the basement, which has the Klimt Beethoven wall paintings. The Austrian govt. "bought" them from their original Jewish owner at "fire sale" prices after the war. They now refuse to return them. An unpleasant reminder of difficult times that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

What a building. The Klimt frieze is brilliant, so is the collection of posters by the toilets. The collection of Bauhaus artifacts in the shop kept my attention, and I came back again and again to look at these simple but effective objects. Some of the displays in the galleries were poor, one looking like unfinished theatre flats, but some... More 

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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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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 center. 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.