MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

Museum focusing on arts and crafts and design

For over 150 years, the MAK as an arts and crafts museum at the Stubenring has been inspiring adults, children and young people alike with its creativity. Originally used as a sample collection, the unique collection of 1863 stands as “k. k. Austrian Museum of Arts and Industry “founded MAK today for an extraordinary connection between art, design, architecture and contemporary art.

Either a rather passive visit to an exhibition, or perhaps a more active endeavor in the artisanal workshop such as “Silberlocke and Pfitschipfeil – Kids and Senior Women at the MAK: A Pfriem for Wilhelm, a Wand for Hannah?” The creativity is in the Vienna Museum of Applied Arts Art no limits.

There are theme tours as tours, multimedia guides, offers for schools and groups with various discounts. Barrier-free access, except for the showcase Contemporary Art. Of course, restaurant and shop are also available. The extensive offer definitely offers material for several days program.

MAK – from the collection to the desing lab

Art in function and use of objects, implemented in a number of subject areas such as cooking, sitting, producing, eating and drinking – the center of attention is design, today as well as in earlier centuries, and that can be found in the MAK.

Außenansicht des Museums für angewandte Kunst
MAK – CC0 Gugerell / Wikimedia

Library and reading room

Who wants to go on research work finds thousands of books, magazines, art works, dictionaries and reference books, etc. a lot of material. The library also offers a service for copies and scans, free Wi-Fi is also available.

n 1863 emperor franz joseph approved the establishment of the museum after model of south ikensington museum
MAK – austrian museum of applied arts © vvoennyy /

Archive of the Wiener Werkstätte

The architect Josef Hoffmann, the graphic artist and painter Koloman Moser and the modern-day open-minded patron Fritz Waerndorfer founded in 1903 the world-famous Association for Arts and Crafts Wiener Werkstätte. The archive, which is owned by the MAK, comprises some 16,000 design drawings, around 20,000 fabric samples, posters, model books, photo albums and business correspondence, as well as a comprehensive inventory of furniture and other objects.

Gustav Klimt’s nine-part work drawing to the mosaic frieze is one of the highlights of the collection and is on display in the permanent exhibition of the MAK. The Palais Stoclet is considered the main work of the Wiener Werkstätte.

Exponat im Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK)
Printing unit of the Wiener Werkstätten, © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Trumler

Showcase Asia in the MAK

It was not until the 1970s that the focus on “Asia” began, even though the MAK already had a noteworthy collection in 1900, and this was due to the takeover of the former k.k. Austrian Trade Museum richly supplemented. The focus of the collection are Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e) and Japanese coloring masks (Katagami).

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Guided tours, workshops, opening hours

Varied program of guided tours, workshops etc.! Details and information on offer, prices and times are available directly at the MAK.

Arrival and location of the museum

Address: Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
Public accessibility: subway line U3 station Stubentor, tram line 2 station Stubentor (Parkring)

Further information about the opening times and current exhibitions or events