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“Should Have Come Here First”
Review of Vienna Museum

Vienna Museum
Ranked #105 of 721 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 May 16, 2014

This is in excellent museum to start off first on a visit to Vienna. You learn about its history, important people and what has made Vienna such a grand capital city in Europe. There are many artifacts, objects, graphics, furniture, glass, paintings and sculptures all located on three floors. The museum is not that large, but is very spacious accommodating some large displays.

Really recommend a visit.

P.S. Klimt fans - there are some goods ones here!

Thank habaneros
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

When we went to visit this museum on the free day, we were concerned it might be mobbed, but were pleasantly surprised to find it comfortable and beautiful. We went on our second day of a week in Vienna, and were really glad to have gone early, because we learned so much that influenced the way we thought about the city for the rest of the trip.

They have giant models of the city at different times in history, so you can really see how the city changed over time. There are also tons of maps, rooms recreated, flags, battleplans, portraits, and lots of magnificent artwork.

The first Sunday of May, 2014 there was one big room closed off (the room about Vienna up to 1500) so you might not get to see that if you're going in the near future. However the museum was excellent and would be worth it even without that room.

Also: There is no audioguide, but there is a collection highlights book which you can buy in many different languages in the museum shop, and along the walls they tell you what page to turn to in the book for more detailed information about many of the art pieces and artifacts. If you buy it before you go through the gallery, you can read as you go, or you can buy it afterwards to re-live your experience.

2  Thank Clara G
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Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Visited this museum and learnt a lot about Austrian history through art and other artefacts through period after 1900 was rather glossed over Free to visit on 1st Sunday of the month

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Reviewed March 28, 2014

The Vienna History Museum - is a perfect start to any visit -and especially a first visit --to Vienna. It provides visitors with a deeper understanding of how the city began, and has grown through the ages. Using, artifacts, illustrations, dioramas, and the donated properties of ruling families and other members of society the story is told from pre-Roman settlement times up to the post war Independence era. This diversity of media is important as display and area descriptors are in German language only and there's no translation audio available, despite this one gains a solid overview of Vienna's evolution. As a bonus, there's a gallery adjoining the displays which usually features, current Vienna themes contemporary works of art. As a current resident who's toured many of the museums, I highly recommended the Wien History Museum for starters.

Thank seantm
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We visited primarily to view the works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, a room from Adolf Loos’ house and designs from the Wienerwerkstatte including Josef Hoffman. All stunning. No time to see rest of museum

Thank Deena63
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