I was fortunate to be in Vienna on the one day per week this wonderfully quirky little museum is regularly scheduled to be open (however, it's my understanding that with a bit of prior notice, private tours can be arranged). It's a mom-and-pop affair which rambles throughout four different suites within one apartment building -- each suite or "gallery" being accessed by a separate entrance, to which you are led, one by one, in order, by a museum employee once you finish perusing the previous gallery (if this sounds confusing, don't worry -- it makes sense once you get there).
When I say "mom-and-pop," I mean that as a compliment -- because this is a homemade museum built with a great deal of expertise and ingenuity, and even more heart. Gerhard and his wife, who operate this labor of love, are warm and friendly and quick to share their knowledge. I felt bad keeping them past closing time, just the three of us, as we discussed the film. But they didn't seem to mind. And their English is excellent, thank goodness... because my German sucks.
Of course, if you visit, it obviously helps to be a big, big fan of the film "The Third Man." And since that's one of my all-time favorites, I'm inclined to be biased toward this place. But as at least one other reviewer has mentioned, there is also much to be learned here about pre- and post-war Vienna. That information is concentrated within gallery three, as I recall. It's a really fascinating history, most of which I was woefully unaware of. Plus, Gerhard has personally interviewed many aging survivors of that era, who tell their often-tragic stories on little video screens. Gerhard told me he felt driven to archive these histories, as a lot of these folks won't be around much longer. Like I say, a labor of love.
Anyway... great place. Five stars.
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