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 a number of house museums dedicated to the lives of the important musicians who lived there, including Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and Hadyn. 

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

The Vienna Museum Karlsplatz is one of the most well-known of the Wien Museums. Located next to Karlskirche, this museum houses a mixture of history and art exhibitions spread over its three floors.

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 a number of objects originally housed in the Stephansdom Cathedral, including outstanding statues and excellently preserved stained-glass windows.

Two large-scale models of the city give a fascinating insight into the urban development of Vienna before and after the demolition of the ancient city walls, and the construction of the Ringstrasse. The museum is also home to an extensive collection of paintings spanning several centuries and hosts temporary special exhibitions as well.

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 Sunday and public holidays: 10 am to 6 pm.
Closed: 24 December, 25 December, 31 December and 1 January.


Adults: 8 (US$ 8.70)
Students under 26, seniors over 65: 6 (US$ 6.50)
Children under 19 years old: free entry
First Sunday of each month: free entry


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)