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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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Mecca for art nouveau/art deco devotees!

If you're an art nouveau/art deco geek, I imagine it's impossible to come to Vienna and not check out the Secession building. I'm not claiming to be very knowledgeable but I'm... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

If you love modern art, it is a must to visit this exhibition hall. Not only architecture, painting and sculpture but also a history of this artistic movement that influenced so much the Austrian art nouveau. Gustav Klimt' s Beethoven frieze will make you dream. Contemporary art exhibitions on display.

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Chiayi, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We spent a lot of time strolling around it appreciating this beautiful architecture. Klimt's Beethoven Frieze locates here. If u r a Klimt fan, never miss it. What a pity, the exhibition place of Beethoven Frieze is far above eye level, which made our neck very sore after viewing it.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We didn't have enough time to visit the Klimt pictures at the Belvedere Palace so on the way to Nachmarkt, we stopped at the museum. I asked if there was any discount for "Vienna Card" holders but they said: no. Only latter on did I find out that they should have given us the self-Audio guide free of charge. The... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This gallery would be worth visiting for Klimt's Beethoven frieze alone (if you're into that sort of thing) but it offers so much more and really seems to preserve the original purpose of this building. It has a mixture of interactive and traditional art and the exhibits we saw were fantastically curated.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The outside really is stunning. I went specifically to see the Beethoven frieze. It is down in the basement in a wonderfully cool, calm room. There are visitors but not so many that you can't just sit and gaze.

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Streamwood, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were very glad we visited this unique building and were able to sit in the room where Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze" was on display. It is a beautiful work of art. The end of the mosaic depicts angels "singing" Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" - thus it is named Beethoven's Frieze. I highly recommend this exhibit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you're an art nouveau/art deco geek, I imagine it's impossible to come to Vienna and not check out the Secession building. I'm not claiming to be very knowledgeable but I'm aware of how important the Secession artists were so had to have a look. It's true that the only thing I wanted to see was the Klimt frieze so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Stunning piece of architectural history, well worth a look, especially since the Majolica House, the Wagner House and the Karlsplatz Pavilions are all a short distance away. The main interior attraction is the Beethoven Frieze, essential if you're in Vienna on a Klimt pilgrimage but expensive to see compared with the Belvedere or the Leopold.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This interesting and beautiful little museum is worth a quick visit. The exterior is wonderful, with the golden leaves forming an orb at its top. Inside the museum are Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Murals which were meant for temporary display at a worlds fair, but are preserved in the museum. They are worth a visit, although photography unfortunately is not allowed.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

As others have said, the building itself is beautiful and the exterior will make for some great photos but inside is just Klimt's BeethovenFries. If you are a Klimt fan you will love that, but if not there is not much else you need to go inside for.

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Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria
Phone Number: 01-587-5307-0
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City

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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.