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“A Good Introduction to the History of Vienna” 4 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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“A Good Introduction to the History of Vienna”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Not a top attraction but a useful introduction to the city's history. The models of the city over time were interesting and there are some works of art by famous painters from Vienna. You should need no more than an hour to see everything.

Visited October 2012
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“A Good Collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Housed in a not particularly attractive 1950s building beside other historic buildings it actually contains a very nice collection of furniture, paintings, dioramas and other artifacts outlining Vienna's history from the middle ages until the 1930s. Worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The name of this place pretty much tells it all: if you want to get a very useful and pleasant introduction to the history of Vienna this is your place. In fact, it is the only such venue I know of that will get you up to speed on city history.

With a few exceptions the museum is organized chronologically, the chronology more or less ending in the 19th century. Particularly interesting are models and images of the city through time.

While not an art museum per se, there's quite a lot of pictorial art available, including a nicely presented set of Biedeermeier paintings and lots and lots of Klimt sketches.

Entrance is free on Sundays!

Visited September 2012
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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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