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MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art is one of the most important museums of its kind worldwide. Founded as the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry in 1863, today’s museum—with its unique collection of applied arts and as a first-class address for contemporary art—can boast an incomparable identity. Originally established as an exemplary source collection, today’s MAK Collection continues to stand for an extraordinary union of applied art, design, contemporary art and architecture. In temporary exhibitions, the MAK presents various artistic stances from the fields of applied arts, design, architecture, contemporary art, and new media, with the mutual relationships between them being a consistently emphasized theme. The institution’s multifaceted mission allows for varied approaches, opening up new perspectives from which to regard historical relationships and offering frequent glimpses at artistically and societally relevant developments that are just beginning to appear on the horizon. The MAK, which defines itself as a laboratory of societal knowledge, is a place of collecting, research, preservation, education, and interactive learning, as well as a site of human encounters, interaction, and intercreativity. Thanks not least to its international branches and cross-border activities, the museum is also a forum of intercultural and artistic exchange as well as of fruitful dialog with designers, artists, and architects.
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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fascinating Museum”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The MAK is worth a day visit. It is a collection of everything related to design. Permanents exhibits are organized by period and material. Temporary exhibits while we were there visited explored DIY furniture and homes, bicycles and sustainable buildings in the developing world.

There is an excellent cafe next to the gift shop so you can comfortably spend a day here. The gift shop has intriguing, but expensive, items for purchase.

Visited September 2013
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Netanya, Israel
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“Form and Function”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

For people who love the combination of art and utility - this museum shows artful utensils, glassware, clothing, furniture etc. from historical periods (Baroque, Renaissance, and the early 20th century). Visiting exhibits present the present-day "art of the useful".

Visited September 2013
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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“MAK museum”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Very impressed by the display of decorative arts on display here. Inspired by the Persian carpet display!

Visited October 2012
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Malaga, Spain
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“Very Good Museum”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

The MAK Museum is a decorative arts museum and has many pieces of furniture, glass, crystal, carpets, and all sorts of decoration. Most of the pieces are very good. I enjoyed this museum very much.

Visited August 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“A Must See”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

The Museum of Applied Arts is a museum worth seeing because one can see some very beautiful decorative arts in this museum. This includes furniture, glass, crystal, and many other things. I enjoyed seeing this museum again.

Visited August 2013
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