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“High Marks but High Price”
Review of Vienna Museum

Vienna Museum
Ranked #93 of 610 things to do in Vienna
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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.
Reviewed March 1, 2012

The admission price is too high, but the collection is superlative, not to mention the building by Gottfried Semper and Carl Hasenauer, two of the major Ringstrasse architects.

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Reviewed January 8, 2012

A great overview of the fascinating history of this important town. This place does an excellent cross-section of Viennese history -- from Roman to Klimt, from Turkish seige battle armor to anti-fascist propaganda during WW II. Defintely worth any tourist's time, in my opinion. The scale models of Vienna before and after the installation of the Ring is worht the price of admission. Be sure to check the special exhibit, which is usually on the ground floor and excellent.

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Reviewed January 5, 2012

A great city, easy to get around and full of history that can easily fill your day. Dont forget your walking shoes, water and your camera as you visit the natural history museum and the museum of fine arts. You must see also the beautiful St Stephen's Cathedral and the Schonbrunn Palace and sample great tasting ice cream.

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Reviewed December 13, 2011

This museum actually has a number of locations throughout the city. We have only visited the main one, near the Karlskirche. Admission is listed on the website as 2 Euros, but as I recall we paid more like 5 Euros on a recent visit. It is free for visitors under 19 and free to everyone the first Sunday of the month. If I were traveling with kids, I would definitely bring them here for a quick breezy look at Vienna history, told through various artifacts like suits of armor, weapons, archeological items, models of the city and of buildings, portraits, fashions and items from everyday life at various periods of history. There are two interesting reconstructions: one of a typical Viennese apartment from the mid 1800s and one of the living room of the architect Adolf Loos. There is a very nice collection of paintings from the Biedermeier era. There are temporary exhibits as well. Recently we saw photos and objects from the 1950s. We have visited 3 times total, and it seems the exhibits have rotated each time--the sign of a dynamic museum. I would give it a 5 if there were explanations in English.

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Reviewed September 20, 2011

This museum is heavy on scale models and maps, going back to the Vindobana Roman era. It seemed to lack focus, theme, depth. It would have benefitted from more informational panels or brochures; something to put more of a human face on the history.

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