Papyrusmuseum der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek

Papyrusmuseum der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek

Papyrusmuseum der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek
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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
The magic of ancient Egypt. Discover in the Papyrus Museum around 300 fascinating objects from the Department of Papyri as permanent exhibits. In addition to this, we invite you to special exhibitions, grant you an insight into current research work and give you access to extraordinary objects.
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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
  • Herrengasse • 6 min walk
  • Museumsquartier • 6 min walk
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JaniO
US393 contributions
Feb 2023
Visited in late February 2023. With the Vienna City Card, I paid a reduced price for a ticket. Good exhibition. There is an audio guide and most displays have multilingual descriptions. Visitors learn about the history of papyrus as a material, basic hieroglyphics, use of papyrus in documenting life in ancient Egypt, how papyrus is restored and preserved and how the Austrian National Library became the holder of this papyrus collection. Definitely worth visiting for anyone interested in archives, special collections and ancient Egypt.
Written March 22, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,630 contributions
Oct 2019
Housed in the National Library of Austria is this small, but wonderful museum of Egypt. Papyrus Museum has fascinating examples of Egyptian Papyrus. There’s also an interesting exhibit on the making of and use of Papyrus, a fascinating insight into ancient record keeping before the invention of paper.

The ticket for the Papyrus museum is an absolute bargain considering it also gets you access to the State Hall, Literature, Globe and Esperanto Museum. Well worth the money and a great complement to the Egyptian collection in Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.
Written November 1, 2019
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Rabih SOUAID
Düsseldorf, Germany2,212 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Entrance fees included with Austrian National Library since the Papyrus Museum is an interesting section in the hall. Note that clear explanations are tagged to each piece.

The Papyrus Museum of the Austrian National Library has some 300 unique objects from three millennia of Egyptian culture on display. In addition to the Book of the Dead and mummy portraits.

The exhibits paint an impressive picture of how knowledge was recorded, conveyed and shared before the invention of printing.
Written January 27, 2019
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Daina Eve O
257 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
As someone who likes languages, this was an AWESOME little place. Not a huge museum by any means, but definitely enough to occupy me for a little while, and for only €5 with two other museum admissions, it was a bargain. All signs were in German and more than half in English as well. They had Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, and Egyptian papyruses, and it was organized nicely to teach you all the ways they were used in ancient times. I even got a little square of papyrus when I entered to keep as a souvineer!
Written October 9, 2019
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Jeff L
Elgin, IL137 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
I'll admit up front, I wouldn't have visited the Papyrus Museum if it hadn't been included with the Vienna Pass, But I'm really glad I did! It's not a huge collection but it is an important one. It's amazing these fragile artifacts have survived. Without the Vienna Pass, the museum is only 5 euros to visit.
Written July 16, 2019
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stepsabroad
London, UK323 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
This museum is free to enter when you buy a ticket at the Globe or Esperanto museums, which are on Herrengasse, about 2 mins walk (north) from Michaelerplatz. The 4 euro ticket for adults allows you into all 3 museums. However this one is away from the others. We came here out of curiosity. It is located within the grand National Library building - once you enter, turn left and then go downstairs. There is a bored entrance receptionist and an almost empty 1-2 rooms for you to use.

It doesn't really explain the history of the papyrus scroll or its relevance but there are lots of fragments and examples in frames (see photo; they include papyrus scrolls with the Iliad for example). Unfortunately most of the descriptions are in German only. There are a few photos which seem to be about the process of making papyrus but they were not that helpful.

Only for real enthusiasts. The library building itself is worth seeing; there is a cafe within which is mostly populated by students (this was on a summer Sunday afternoon)
Written June 19, 2017
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Edward C
Houston, TX25 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Has some really interesting exhibits about old papyrus and various writing systems. People working there were very nice and helpful.
Written September 28, 2019
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TAIN2013
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,883 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
The small museum is dedicated to Papyrus and has many historical papyrus documents and artifacts in its collection. It also contains exhibits dedicated to the history of papyrus and the process of making papyrus.

The museum is part of the Austrian National Library and is worth a short visit.
Written July 20, 2019
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YouBeeTs
Trieste, Italy762 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
This would be a nice museum: some specimens are really beautiful, but, quite incredibly, most explanations are only in German. For what I understood (I only have a very rudimentary knowledge of German) the stress is mainly on the archeological aspects.
Written September 2, 2018
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Jozef O
Brussels, Belgium192 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We visited this because we had a ticket to all sites of the National Library. It is quite small but very fascinating. I do have to agree with other reviewers that much more could be made of this collection with a better presentation. Still worth a visit.
Written August 16, 2018
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