Weltmuseum Wien
Weltmuseum Wien
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Weltmuseum Wien is one of the world’s leading ethnographical museums, situated in the Hofburg Palace on Vienna’s Ringstrasse. In 14 distinct exhibition galleries, the focus is on unique cultural treasures from all over the world. The aim is to communicate to visitors the cultural diversity, stories and ways of life in an entertaining way. The highlights of the Museum represent more than 500 years of high-quality collecting activities on the part of the Habsburgs – among them objects from the Cabinet of Curiosities of Emperor Rudolf II, the unique Mexican feather headdress »Penacho«, the world-famous collection of James Cook, and objects from the voyages of discovery and research of the 19th century.
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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
  • Museumsquartier • 5 min walk
  • Volkstheater • 6 min walk
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Kat T
14 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit to this museum - my partner enjoys armoury and I love music so this place had something for both of us! The armoury and historical musical instruments were really extensive - it took us a long time to get around it all, so much so that we didn’t get the chance to visit any other exhibits in the museum as we had somewhere else to be afterwards. The armoury information was in German but the musical instrument area had translations in English. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in these things!
Written May 31, 2022
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Ronith H
Haifa, Israel193 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Very impressive museum, bit difficult to find because being inside of a building yard not in the main street. Must signs in the museum and Austria in general, aren't translated giving the feeling of unwanted tourist. There is wi fi free so I used the Google translate if there was something that I really wanted to understand. Price affordable, senior discount as well as handicap, can't say children will enjoy as well as visitors if there is a child running or crying. Very clean toilets. Can't say if accessible for disabled. Terrible acoustics but understandable coz the high ceilings in an historical building as well as wood floors which makes lots of noises. Check visit hours before.
Written January 4, 2020
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia3,650 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I brought my children to the Imperial Treasury the day before and I prepped them for even more exciting exhibits in the Weltmuseum as they loved European armours and weaponry from playing computer games.

Of course these armours and weapons from real life have no magical properties that imbue invincibility to their owners but some of them were precious work of art. Habsburg emperors Maximillian I and II were avid collectors of armours so much so a Renaissance style of armour was named after them. There were also other armours from other places like Italy and Japan, not to mention the Ottoman Empire. Would love to know how they ended up here.

After spending almost an hour on the 1st floor we went to the Permanent Exhibition on the M floor which has collection of items from all over the world which gave the museum its name. Still interesting but I still gave the Imperial Armoury the top rating.

Tickets cost EUR12 per adult. Children enter for free and the cloakroom is free too.
Written January 11, 2020
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CarloGenoa_Italy
Genoa, Italy223 contributions
Jun 2022
Frankly there is no reason for mixing musical instruments (almost all Western) with an armory collection (almost all Western), and with a sparse collection of ethnological manufacts. Probably they had too much space and wanted to save on personnel. The halls are too dark, the signs (mostly in German only, and we are in a "World" museum!) are hidden sometimes on the floor and illegible because visitors are not provided with flash lights. It's a far cry not only from the new Musee de l'Homme of Paris, but from most other international ethnographical museums. The collection is simply what they had in the cellar from Franz Joseph times: no attempt whatsoever at new acquisitions or at better display or at least at dusting. Nothing extraordinary in the African collection, almost zero from the arab world, the far eastern collection is a disaster. Is this what you have in Austria of China, Korea, or Japan?
Written June 18, 2022
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Shannon D
New Orleans, LA141 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This museum has some interesting things in it, but it pretty much isn't curated. Everything is labeled, but there is no context. Just lots of stuff in glass cases. There are musical instrument s, some of which were very impressive. These don't really need to be translated, thankfully. Beautiful armor. Then there was a hall full of stuff that someone traveled around the world collecting. Apparently he had no criteria or collecting principle. He appears to have taken home whatever he was handed. Some of it is wonderful. Much of is is bleh.
Written September 30, 2022
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Marta Soellinger
Vienna, Austria6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I came in knowing that wienese museums don't have english explanations so what underwhelmed me is just how small and not really thought after this place is.. I'm not sure how can you spend 3h here unless you are seriously lost.. It was bland, dark (not for dramatic effect, mind you.. It was dark everywhere!), the museum staff unpleasant and unwelcoming (almost felt like I would need one of those armors I learned nothing about..) 100% not worth a penny nor your time!
Written February 15, 2020
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jldelavega2013
Mexico City, Mexico42 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A great place to see the world heritage. Particularly the Moctezuma Penacho is one of the most beautiful pieces of historic art you can see in your lifetime. It's a small but amazingly rich museum with pieces from around the world.
Written January 2, 2020
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graeme A
kuala lumpur281 contributions
Dec 2019
The Weltmuseum houses some amazing pieces of armoury from Austria, Europe and the rest of the world. Along with the armoury there are some beautiful pieces of historic art and treasures. Step inside the museum and you are instantly in wonder of the beautifully decorated interior.
Written February 14, 2020
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Chris R
York, UK140 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
Used my annual ticket to get in here. Initial impressions were not good... all info, the map, the details of the exhibits, seemed to be in German only. Ok for me but hey, it’s meant to be a ‘world museum’ isn’t it? The imperial armoury was quite impressive. But as I said.. all in German
Written October 25, 2020
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Elsa R
Monza, Italy100 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
We're Mexican so we found it really interesting to see the Penacho at the museum. The museum had other interesting things from buddhism/hinduism, some asian things, etc. but what we appreciated the most was the Penacho, didn't really take long to appreciate the rest. If you're under a certain age, maybe 20 or 18 then you don't pay and if you're a student you get a discount so don't forget to ask
Written June 9, 2013
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  • Thu - Mon 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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