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“Very interesting for Globes and Cartography”

Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library
Ranked #115 of 608 things to do in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: All about the globe The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library in the magnificent setting of Palais Mollard is unique in the world. Discover over 250 exhibits involving a total of 750 objects in the exhibition area – including exclusive terrestrial and celestial globes, globes of the moon and other planets as well as numerous astronomical instruments.
Reviewed June 29, 2013

While this may not be on the list for most it is interesting for those who are so inclined. The museum has a large collection of globes throughout history and explains their construction techniques through history. Globes on display include earth , earths moon, mars, and more.

Photography is allowed but flash is not. I would estimate about 30 minutes total to see this location. It is collocates with the Esperanto museum.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

If you are at all interested in history, geography, cartography, or learning new things, then the Globe Museum will be of interest to you. It is very cheap in comparison to other attractions in Vienna. I paid 3EUR for a student ticket (this also allowed me access to the Esperanto Museum and Papyrus Museum). I also paid 2EUR for an audio guide. However, the entire museum is perfectly translated into English (including interactive displays and wall mounted info), and the audio guide does not add much extra, so it is not necessary.

There are globes here dating from the late 1400s, and the collection is primarily from before the 1850s. There is enough information to satisfy people with little or lots of knowledge. Some of the most interesting globes are older pairs of terrestrial/celestial globes.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

There are about 70 globes, the oldest from the 1500's with only part of the world defined. There are lots of descriptions (German and English) explaining the different types of globes and the advances in geographical knowledge. Nothing hands-on or interactive though. Worth visiting for one hour if you are interested in science history.

Thank Simon C
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

The Globe Museum shares an address with the Esperanto Museum. Being a linguist, I was very interested in seeing the latter (and I hope TA creates a page for the Esperanto Museum in the near future!). Since we were already in the building, we decided to have a peek inside. The Palais Mollard is a beautiful Baroque palace built in the late 1600s for Count Mollard. In the following century, it was used by the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II.

What a collection of globe-related material! From giant globes the size of small elephants to miniature Faberge-type globes, to cloth-based inflatable globes to presentations on how globes were made by hand. It's all here. Fascinating.

1  Thank Gigis_mum
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Someone had suggested this to us and we found easily outside the Herrengasse metro. Is very well presented of globes of all ages. Displays are well featured with large print and also available are recorded descriptions. Admission fee small and additional senior discount, is also good at another nearby museum.

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