Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library

Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library

Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library
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Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Read, listen, see and marvel. Discover new and unexpected things and experience how literature opens new horizons. With its permanent exhibition, communication programmes, events and special exhibitions, the museum offers an intricate and open perspective on Austrian literature. Obtain an overview to begin with or delve into subjects and texts.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Inner City
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.
How to get there
  • Stephansplatz • 5 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 5 min walk
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Eliza
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
For under 10€, two of us got to explore Austrian history that was seemlessly linked to notable literary figures. As a lover of literature, this museum provides enough knowledge to make you feel fulfilled and confident in your knowledge of Austrian literature. In fact, it urges you with a deep need to pick up a copy from one of those authors and journey into their world. It's a must see for anyone who loves literature!! GO NOW. GO TOMORROW. GO THIS WEEK. JUST GO. Side note: if you're an English speaker, I advise paying for the tablet as it provides English translations for the German display text.
Written July 29, 2019
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StevenBeller
Washington DC, DC239 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Solo
This museum gives a very rich introduction into the modern literary history of Austria. It is set in the building that formerly housed the state archive, where Franz Grillparzer, one of Austria's greatest writers, was director. The permanent exhibit is housed on two floors where the old shelving of the archive was, and the exhibit is displayed in this (historically protected) shelving. This presents all sorts of challenges in presentation, but these challenges are very imaginatively met and there is an almost overwhelming amount of information and artefacts on display, that should be catnip for those interested in Austrian writers, whether they be Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Karl Kraus, Heimito von Doderer, Hilde Spiel, Peter Handke, Thomas Bernhard etc., etc. I have calculated two or three hours, but a really thorough visit would last much longer. Excellent addition to Vienna's museum scene.
Written May 21, 2016
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Thewayiseeit
Mosta, Russia1,155 contributions
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Nov 2017 • Couples
Housing Austria's best! A baroque state hall with a difference - frescoes, arches, marble statues etc. It took 3 years to build (1723-1726) with the ceilings completed 4 years later in 1730. It is currently used as a museum housing books and works by Prince Eugene of Savoy. Thourghly recommend it.
Written November 12, 2017
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Master Jonjon
London, UK340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
LOCATION. The museum is at the mid-point between Stephansplatz and Karlsplatz. Expect a ten-minute walk. If you start off from Karlsplatz, step away from the parks and go north along Karntner Strasse. Hike your way into the pedestrian zone and past the church. Turn right into Johannesgasse and you’ll be there within a minute.

CROWD CONTROL CHECK. This is a lonely poor thing, and by far the most uncrowded attraction I can find in Central Vienna. Don’t underestimate its size – two floors of permanent showcases, throw another one in for changing exhibitions. Imagine what it’s like to stroll across videos screens and alleys of descriptions, artifacts, excerpts – only to meet no one else but two staffers along the way.

After buying your ticket you’ll be given an iPad “audio” guide (not a hiss ever comes out of it I’m not sure if that’s the right name). As you walk from checkpoint to checkpoint you have to literally touch the sticker at the back of your pad to the round icons on the wall and with the right orientation. An English translation will appear on the screen. Only those general introductory texts will be translated though, and only in the permanent galleries.

The gallery sets up Austria’s literary scenes by tracing them back to their Catholic and enlightenment roots. And then find yourself in an anthology of entropy gone wild, an ambitious journey that travels through the larger German-speaking world with a hint of its complex linguistic relationships with the Czech and its Prague authors and back into the wider German sprachraum and the apolitical tendencies of Austrian novels to be sprinkled with examples of how stories interact with the pop culture and…

A magnificent feat indeed. A little more hint of its relevance might just save the place.
Written August 22, 2019
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Jamie B
Tucson, AZ63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Business
As a writer, literature musuems are always interesting, and this is no exception. Interesting history of Austrian writing, I only wish more of the displays had translations or that I were fluent in German. Definitely not your typical tourist stop, but worth it for book bugs.
Written December 2, 2017
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Climber37212286563
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Literature is presented in a very diverse way, with content that is interconnected and aesthetically appealing.
The Bachmann exhibition is extremely exciting - especially for

visitors with knowledge.
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Written February 5, 2024
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