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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria (Mariahilf)
01-587-5307-0
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Ranked #146 of 398 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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Springwood, Australia
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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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durham
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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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W.Yorks
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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
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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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Peterborough
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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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Manchester
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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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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a fascinating building, built for artists by artists in order to show their work in an ideal space and in perfect natural lighting conditions. It is also the apogee of art nouveau, with beautiful architectural detail and decoration, including a golden laurel-leaf dome. Wish all this beauty continued inside: the interior gives meaning to the saying 'waste of... More

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

So important to the radical Viennese secession movement of the early 20th century -- think Klimt. A gem of a building. With (most of) Klimt's Beethoven frieze restored in the basement. Usually interesting exhibitions in other spaces. Get off U-bahn at Karlsplatz -- it is only about 200 meters.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We wound up in Vienna - where we stayed for 4 nights (TripAdvisor rental was ace!) - my quest was to see all the Klimts I could - and I almost did ("Judith" was visiting Puerto Rico - who knew). The super-fab Beethoven Frieze had this whole room in this whole building to itself - and it was a U-bahn... More

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The outside of the building is truly beautiful and well worth taking your time to look at the decorative elements on the fabric. The photos inside showing the building when it was first built are very interesting as they show the street scene and give you an idea of the uproar created when the building was unveiled to the public.... More

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