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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

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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

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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Beautiful building

The building can be admired for free from the outside - when we were there they were setting up for a new exhibition so only the Beethoven Frieze was open to the public - worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Ellen K
Dundee, United Kingdom

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The building can be admired for free from the outside - when we were there they were setting up for a new exhibition so only the Beethoven Frieze was open to the public - worth seeing but disappointed not to be able to explore this iconic building.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Honestly was hoping for more from this place. If you're an art lover, worth popping in at least to get a glimpse of a very notable period of Vienna's art history and deviation from the more classic style. If you're a Klimt lover, the fries is worth seeing. However, in my (perhaps unappreciative) opinion, the rest of the museum was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Klimt is by far the most inspiring and visionary artist - The secession building began the secession movement and gave the world Art Nouveau - Do not miss the Beethoven Frieze that has finally found its way home!! Otto Wagner is also one of the greats in the 20th Century and this building is must for all creatives!!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely love this amazing building that was rebuilt after being nearly destroyed in World War II. Fortunately the Klimt masterpiece "Beethoven Frieze" was stored away safely. It now has a permanent home in this icon of the Vienna skyline. The building itself is gorgeous. It was built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich for exhibitions of the secession group. It's... More 

Thank ClintPage
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a difficult review because outside of the building itself is superb and deserves 5 stars but the inside is hugely disappointing and featureless. As others have said the ticket admission is a rip off . If you are a fan of Klimt then better to spend the money at the Belvedere. The so called exhibitions inside the Secession... More 

1 Thank Mary67
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Secession building was built to house works by Klimt and other artists in the Secession movement. It was badly damaged in 1945 and left in ruins for long time. In the 1980s it was restored and is now a beautiful white landmark with a distinctive golden globe. The building houses temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists and downstairs has a... More 

Thank Ann W
Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The building dates from 1897, as an architectural manifesto of Secession style (known in Austria as Jugendstil). It is an unusual building with the motto of the movement written above the entrance: “To every age its art, to every art its freedom”.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful building with historic significance. It was, however, looted in WWII so now has nothing inside. There are a few Gustav Klimt frescos which are worth seeing if you are a really really big big big fan, otherwise save the €9.50 entrance fee. Visit the shop, you'll see the best of the stunning architecture from there.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The building's roof with golden ball is original, but ticket for 9,5 EUR is a robbery: the only thing they have from Klimt is the painted wall, which you can watch during 5 min max. Besides of this there are 2 absolutely ridiculous postmodern exhibitions, basically empty walls. So, we went out with great feeling of being cheated.

1 Thank Esmira M
Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This museum was founded by Gustave Klimt (& some of his contemporaries). Klimt was the first Director. It's an incredibly modern building that was built in 6 months -- in 1897 -- as an architectural manifesto for the rebellious aesthetic Secession movement. It feels so modern, more so than some contemporary art/culture institutions. They call it an “exhibition hall,” not... 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.