Consider the Wien Museum as Vienna’s own guardian of the city’s culture and history. It manages a whole series of sites, museums, and exhibition venues.
- Over 20 locations throughout the city
- Hosts numerous events and exhibitions across the year
- Portfolio includes various composer residences for the likes of Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Schubert, and Haydn
- Selected exhibitions at the main Wien Museum site:
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Wien Museum locations
The central museum on Karlsplatz square covers Vienna’s own heritage in terms of art, culture, and history. However, it may be a year or two until you can visit thanks to a major rebuilding and renovation programme.
At the time of writing, they expect to start up in autumn of 2023.Watch this space.
Most of the Wien Museum’s external locations remain open, though. Follow the links for my individual reviews and visitor tips.
Wien Museum MUSA
An art centre that typically hosts a large exhibition featuring an artist or theme with a strong cultural connection to Vienna. Sits opposite one wing of the famous Rathaus building.
(More on MUSA)
A little summer residence out in the woods that Emperor Franz Joseph built in the late 1800s for his wife, Elisabeth. “Little” if you’re a monarch, “big” if you’re not.
The surrounding Lainzer Tiergarten is a large city-run nature reserve with deer, wild boar, wild sheep (mouflon) and more.
(More on the Hermesvilla)
Otto Wagner Hofpavillon
The architect, Otto Wagner, designed various railway station buildings in his time. This 1899 one might be the most impressive, with its touch of imperial elegance.
The pavilion served as a private station for the use of the emperor whenever he nipped out to his summer residence at Schönbrunn Palace. He rarely used it, though.
(More on the Hofpavillon)
Otto Wagner Pavillon
Another Wagner station building. This one looks glorious in green, white and gold. It also houses a small exhibition on the architect. The location above one of Vienna’s largest subway stations is the very definition of convenient.
(More on the Karlsplatz pavilion)
The Beethoven Museum
The prime address in Vienna for those wishing to learn more about the iconic composer. Historians believe he probably wrote his famous Heiligenstädter Testament at this location.
The museum has numerous Beethovenesque delights, including a lock of the maestro’s hair.
(More on the Beethoven Museum)
A smaller museum dedicated to the composer, housed in the building where Beethoven wrote his Fidelio opera.
This part of the old town still retains (I think) some of the old city wall fortifications.
(More on the Pasqualatihaus)
The Haydn House
Haydn spent his final years (and period of greatest celebrity) in this residence. A nice little museum where you can learn about the composer’s music and life, but also the wider world he lived in.
Many of these musician residences feature original instruments and other memorabilia. The Haydnhaus, for example, has one of Haydn’s own pianofortes.
(More on the Haydnhaus)
The only Mozart residence in Vienna that still survives. Not going to lie – can you imagine anything more culturally and historically rewarding than standing in the very same room that Mozart composed in and premiered pieces to his friends (including Haydn)? You can’t, can you?
(More on the Mozartwohnung)
Schubert’s place of birth and final residence
Two small museums dedicated to the musical genius of Franz Schubert. One is in the house where he was born, the other where he died.
Pictures of Schubert invariably feature him with trademark spectacles and you might spot a pair in his birthplace.
Johann Strauss Apartment
The King of the Waltz lived here with his family for several years. As with so many of the composer residences, this one also enjoys a connection to a particularly iconic piece of music. Strauss wrote The Blue Danube here.
(More on the Johann Strauss Apartment)
I’ll add to this list as I wander my way through the Wien Museum’s collection of locations. But if you want to see the full roll call, check out the official website.