The Vienna Technical Museum has a collection and equipment of models from the history of technology on an area of 22,000 m2. Among other things, the museum is known for its very large demonstration models, which are historically of great relevance, such as the functioning steam engine. But even the outstanding large collection of historical musical instruments is a typical character feature of this special museum.
In its exhibitions and guided tours, the museum focuses on communicating technical concepts and constructions in an understandable and playful way. From the objects collected for decades, the museum is only able to exhibit about five percent, which according to the exhibition roulette, exhibit. The remaining items are kept in archives and depots.
Technical Museum – History
The idea for the construction of a technical museum was already started in 1867 by Wilhelm Franz Exner. However, it could not be implemented until the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I. The foundation stone of the museum was completed in 1909. The completion of the shell at the end of 1912. During the First World War, however, visitors had to wait for the opening of the technical museum. In 1918, the long-awaited museum was opened and can look forward to about 450,000 visitors annually.
Permanent exhibitions in the Technical Museum
In the Art Nouveau ambience of the Technical Museum, the often unique objects tell the story of the life and work of famous people. Among other things, presents the Etrich II “pigeon” the pioneering era of powered flight and shows the Mercedes W 196 “Silver Arrow” from its most beautiful side. Here you can also see the court saloon car of Empress Elisabeth.
Visits and guided tours
The guided tours in the Vienna Technical Museum can be divided into children’s and family tours, which also include school classes, as well as adult guided tours. Children from two to six years can explore the museum as part of a “mini” guided tour. Families can use the museum compass.
Duration of a tour: The duration depends on the booked tour and the number of groups.
Opening hours: The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 09: 00-18: 00. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the museum opens from 10:00 to 18:00.
360 degree view of the exhibition area of the railway collection
Arrival and location of the Museum of Technology and Natural Sciences
Address: Mariahilfer Straße 212, 1140 Wien
Public accessibility: Tram: 52 or 58 – Penzinger Straße; 10 – Johnstraße / Linzer Straße, Bus: 10 A – Johnstraße / Linzer Straße; 57 A – Anschützgasse, subway: U3 – Johnstraße + 10 minutes walk; U4 – Schönbrunn + 10 minutes walk
Further information about opening times, collections and exhibitions