On good as well as bad days …
The museums in Vienna are definitely not only an option when the weather is bad but it has to be said that, when it is cold outside and the weather is not so good, the Viennese and visitors to the city are drawn to the various art and cultural institutions of the city. And, as is truly fitting for a metropolis, there is a huge variety of museums which you can visit. After our first article on the museums in Vienna, we would now like to present you with some further museums which are well worth a visit.
The focus is on Vienna in the Wien Museum
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As the name already indicates, the focus of the museum at Karlsplatz is Vienna. In the upper storeys, there is a permanent exhibition with all the important and most interesting information on the centuries’ old history of the Austrian capital. Here you can take a trip to the distant past and you will discover much which is new, time and again. The remaining parts of the museum are home to a variety of temporary exhibitions. For example, recently there was a presentation of the Prater in Vienna and an exhibition entitled Sex in Vienna. Currently the focus is on pop music and its protagonists from Vienna in the exhibition, “Ganz Wien – eine Pop Tour” (Vienna – a Pop Tour) and included are, of course, the Austrian bands, WANDA and Bilderbuch, as well as the worldwide star, Falco, and Kruder & Dorfmeister.
Address: Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Vienna
Opening hours: https://www.wienmuseum.at/en/visitors-information/opening-hours/
Focus on Children at the Zoom Children’s Museum
Many museums in Vienna are, above all for (younger) children, not particularly appealing although often attempts are made, by means of special tours for children, to make them more attractive. The Natural History Museum and the Technical Museum are especially popular with young visitors. However, many do not know that there is a museum for children – the Zoom Children’s Museum in the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna’s seventh district. Here particular attention is paid to the needs and demands of childre. It is a place for artists and children to interact with each other. In the Zoom Children’s Museum, visitors are allowed to, and should, touch and experience the exhibits. In the various workshops which regularly take place throughout the year, the intention is to arouse both curiosity and creativity even in the youngest of visitors.
Discover the world in Vienna at the World Museum
Vienna has much more to offer than only the established museums, such as the Leopold Museum, the Albertina or the Art History Museum – new museums are also opening in the city. Just recently the World Museum opened its doors. After three years, the former Museum of Ethnology at Heldenplatz (Heroes’ Square), to be precise in the Wiener Hofburg (Vienna Imperial Palace), is once again open to the public. The opening ceremony was curated and realised by the internationally renowned Austrian artist, André Heller. The collection of exhibits and relicts from all continents and epochs is definitely worth a visit and can be favourably compared to other ethnological museums. If you would like to delve into another or unknown culture for a while, the World Museum is the right place for you – you will not be disappointed.
Cars, steam engines and new technology in the Technical Museum
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The location of the Technical Museum is not exactly central but it is situated on the way to Schönbrunn Palace. Before you even get the chance to experience the interior of the Museum and what it has to offer, you will be rewarded with the architectural magnificence of the building itself, which is a listed building from the beginning of the last century. The collection of vehicles is particularly impressive and a true highlight is the various cars and the many original locomotives. The Technical Museum also houses a show mine under the building as well as diverse steam engines from the 19th century. In addition to the permanent collections, there are also special exhibitions and events. The Museum is particularly child-friendly and does it best to inspire the interest of even its youngest visitors for technology.
It is definitely worth visiting the websites of the various museums in Vienna as many can be visited free of charge on special days. You will also find information on special events and tours.