Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Price guide: Budget

Karlsplatz, Vienna, 1040

Price guide: Budget

Wien Museum Karlsplatz
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By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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expert-rated things to do in Vienna
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Art, Design and architecture, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Wien Museum Karlsplatz

For the most comprehensive overview of Vienna's history.

This building, opened in 1959, is an incongruous part of the Karlsplatz, but houses an excellent collection of exhibits documenting Vienna's colourful past. Two large-scale models of the city are among the main attractions. They illustrate urban development, before the city walls were razed and after the monumental Ringstrasse buildings were erected.

There's a permanent exhibition that contains a few gems by Klimt, Schiele and other representatives of fin-de-siecle Vienna and the famous Wiener Werkstätte. Of particular interest to architecture and design buffs is the original Adolf Loos apartment interior, which, considering he despised ornamentation, I find quite cosy.

Another strong point is the 19th century Viennese Biedermeier collection that shows selected art work, furniture, clothing and the reconstructed apartment of local hero and poet Franz Grillparzer. There are a number of interesting outside branches which include memorial homes of composers Johann Strauss Jr., Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert. Further collections are listed on the website

Price advice: 

Tickets cost 6 euros.

Expert tips: 
First Sunday in the month free entry.

More information on Wien Museum Karlsplatz:

Price guide:
Karlsplatz, Vienna, 1040
01 505 87 47
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 


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