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“Excellent museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Wien Museum Karlsplatz
Karlsplatz 8, Vienna, Austria
01 505-8747
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Ranked #72 of 311 Attractions in Vienna
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Wien Museum has an exceptional position in the rich landscape of the Viennese museums: Its collections are a blend of art and history that leads the visitor down Vienna's path through the centuries. What you see are inestimable art treasures. What you feel is a city and its mythThe main building on Karlsplatz is part of a great complex of outside branches, first and foremost the Hermesvilla in Lainzer Tiergarten and the memorial houses of the composers. Special exhibitions regularly present news from Vienna's past and the past of other great cities. Get on the discovery trail of a city. Welcome to Vienna and its museum!Only to be experienced at the Wien Museum: a fascinating mixture of art and history on three floors, from the Neolithic Age to the mid-twentieth century. Early historical highlights of the collection are the sensational archaeological finds from the Roman legionary camp of Vindobona, original stained-glass windows and outstanding sculptures from St. Stephen's Cathedral, among them the famous ”Fürstenfiguren”, the figures of royalty. Weapons and armour from Vienna’s Bürgerliches Zeughaus (Civilian Arsenal) and the so-called "Turkish Plunder" tell of many warlike encounters in the city's history. The earliest Viennese city maps and many urban views illustrate the structural development from a medieval town to a capital city and royal residence. Among the works of art to admire are outstanding examples of baroque painting in Vienna – including works by Franz Anton Maulbertsch, Johann Michael Rottmayr and Paul Troger.Another of the Wien Museum's strong points is its collection from the nineteenth century. Selected furniture, clothing and splendid works of applied arts, the reconstructed apartment of the notable Austrian poet Franz Grillparzer with original furnishings, and above all major paintings by Waldmüller, Amerling, Danhauser and Fendi all combine to present a compact and multifaceted impression of Viennese Biedermeier.Two large-scale models of the city are among the main attractions of the Wien Museum, illustrating a scarcely imaginable caesura in urban development: Vienna before and after dismantlement of the glacis and construction of the monumental Ringstrasse buildings. The permanent exhibition "Vienna around 1900" shows paintings by Klimt, Schiele, Gerstl and Arnold Schönberg, and also works by the famous Wiener Werkstätte. A sensation for those interested in architecture is the living room with adjoining inglenook from the apartment of the legendary architect Adolf Loos. Selected paintings created in Vienna from the time between the wars to the second half of the twentieth century then bring us to the present day.The Karlsplatz buildingThe Wien Museum – from 1887 to 2003 called the "Historical Museum of the City of Vienna" – was once housed in the Vienna town hall. There were already plans for a new building on Karlsplatz before 1914, in fact by Otto Wagner. The museum's first new building opened in 1959, the work of Oswald Haerdtl, a former associate of Josef Hoffmann and architect of the Austrian pavilion at world exhibitions of the 1930s. Since the interior courtyard was roofed over in 2000, the museum has gained a multi-functional event facility and a café. Alongside the permanent collection, special exhibitions are held at regular intervals in the Haerdtl building.
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“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Wien Museum has two parts: one part is the permanent exhibition of evolution of the city of Vienna which is very good and quite easy to understand.
The second part is the special exhibition, and now I have seen three of them: 2006 ("Erich Boltenstern und die Baukultur nach 1945"), 2008 ("Wo die Wuchtel fliegt -
Legendäre Orte des Wiener Fußballs" and 2012 ("Werkbundsiedlung Wien 1932 -
Ein Manifest des neuen Wohnens") - all three of them have been very interesting, because they are well documented and go into the depth with special parts of the city's history,
I can only recommend everyone interested in history and Vienna to go visit the museum, I will definitely go back next time I am in Vienna.

Visited September 2012
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“Wien museum Karlsplatz, not a real must.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

A very small museum about the history of Vienna. I liked the rooms of Loos and Grillpatzer. There are some models of Vienna in the past.
I had been to the Roman museum on the Hohe Markt, so I had seen the Roman part before.
Don't take more than an hour,
The special Klimt exposition wasn't open yet.

Visited May 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Want to learn more about Vienna?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

If you love the city of Vienna and want to learn even more about its history and culture, this museum is for you! I'm not going to recommend as a must for the first time visitor to Vienna , not because it's not a great and interesting museum, but because there are so many other attractions for a newcomer to Vienna. If you've chosen to do a return trip to Vienna, then put this on your list. You really should know more about the thousands of years of history of this great and important urban settlement on the Danube. The museum begins with the Iron Age inhabitants up to the present.

A couple things to know about the museum. 1) It is in a chronological order that is relatively easy to follow if you realize this.2) It has a great collection of Viennese art as well. (The Richard Gerstl self-portrait is my favorite). 3) They have a regular schedule of special exhibitions which are almost always worth it and are presented creatively. 40. Their light-filled atrium makes for a really nice cafe and a chance to relax during your visit. and 5) Their museum shop has the best collection of Vienna books and related materials around. Everything from art to cook books to history to Viennese lifestyle are present here. Of course there is a great selection of art postcards and posters as well (but not the famous Gerstl self-portrait .... Why?)

All in all, one of the best city (history & culture) museums, I've ever visited. And it's right in the center of town on the Karlsplatz.

Visited May 2011
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Vienna, Austria
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“Overview of Vienna”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

Worth an hour of your time if you are at all interested in history and specifically that of Vienna as the exhibits shows it's growth and struggles

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“High Marks but High Price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

The admission price is too high, but the collection is superlative, not to mention the building by Gottfried Semper and Carl Hasenauer, two of the major Ringstrasse architects.

Visited January 2012
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