Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Address: Karlsplatz, Vienna, 1040, Austria
Telephone: 01 505 87 47

- Budget


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

Value for money

Price advice

Tickets cost 6 euros.

Expert tips

First Sunday in the month free entry.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture