Vienna Museum

The Wien Museum, or Vienna Museum, tells the history of the Austrian capital from its beginnings to the current day. See everything Viennese from prehistoric artefacts to 20th-century artwork all under one roof.

The Wien Museum is made up of a number of museums throughout the city, including the Clock Museum and several house museums dedicated to the lives of the important musicians who lived there, including Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and Hadyn.

One of the most well-known museums that makes up part of the Wien Museum is the Wien Museum Karlsplatz.

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Located next to Karlskirche, the Wien Museum Karlsplatz is the main building that houses the Wien Museum collections.

The displays explore the history of Vienna throughout the years, beginning with prehistoric bones and remains and continuing through to the Paleolithic era, showcasing a time when hunters and gatherers inhabited the area around Vienna. After discovering what life was like in Roman times in Vienna, you'll see many objects originally housed in the Stephansdom Cathedral, including outstanding statues and excellently preserved stained-glass windows.

On the second floor are exhibits narrating Vienna from 1500 to 1815, consisting of various Renaissance and Baroque paintings, as well as a collection of arms and armor from the Napoleonic Wars.

On the third floor is a large model of Vienna, as well as a reconstruction of the room of Adolf Loos, a pioneer of modern architecture.

Explore the city's history

The Wien Museum Karlsplatz makes for an interesting visit for those wanting to get to know the history of the city of Vienna, and therefore to better understand its present and future.


Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm (Thursdays until 9 pm)
Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am to 6 pm
December 24 and 31: 10 am to 2 pm
Closed: Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December


Free admission to the permanent collection
Temporary exhibitions: prices may vary (consult the official webpage), free admission for children under 19
First Sunday of the month: free admission to all exhibitions


Metro: Karlsplatz, lines U1 and U2.
Tram: Gusshausstrasse, line D.
Bus: Schwarzenbergplatz, line 4A.

Nearby places

Karlskirche Vienna (125 m) Vienna State Opera (531 m) Naschmarkt (580 m) Albertina Museum (701 m) Imperial Crypt (767 m)