Laudongasse 15-19

Phone: +43/1/406 89 05
Fax: +43/1/406 89 05
Website: http://www.volkskundemuse

Austrian Museum Of Folk Life And Folk Art

The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, founded in 1895 and housed since 1917 in the Schönborn Garden Palace in the Josefstadt district of Vienna, displays collections of the traditional folk culture of Austria and its neighbouring countries. The renovation of the building in the 1980s and 1990s permitted a new conceptualization and design of the exhibits on the ground floor. Not only does this now provide an overview over premodern folk culture, but it has also made possible a glimpse into the unique folk art collection of the Museum.
The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art is for visitors and Viennese alike. It is of interest to all those who wish an overview of Austrian folk culture, but it is also meant for those whose special interest lies in the aesthetically-crafted popular arts.
The intent is to show people in their relation to the environment and the economy, to history and to society, as well as to illustrate how they think about their place in the world. The selection and display, as well as the arrangement of the individual rooms in the museum, are meant to direct the view to what lies behind the objects, and to allow visitors to reflect on the connections between objects and life history. Folk-created objects, dating largely from the 17th to 19th centuries, speak of everyday life and everyday needs, of vernacular architecture, of work and faith, or of poverty and rural pride.

Permanent Collection

The collections show culture as it is reflected in folk art, providing evidence of its many-sided expressions -- strange as they may appear to us today. The aim of the new exhibition design is to question the objects themselves, to examine their regularities and functions, and to interpret their meanings in context. At the same time, the collection illuminates the fascination with "County and People" (Land und Leute) that shaped the manner in which the collections displayed in the museum were assembled.

In keeping with the ideas that led to the founding of the Museum, the new display emphasizes the folk art collections of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. In so doing, the comprehensive imagery of rural culture of the alpine and prealpine realms that is displayed is both supplemented and completed.


A Discourse and an Exhibit: A Project

Starting on June 15th, you will be able to experience the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art a different way. On three days during the week, you will have the opportunity to see the museum itself at work, live. Thousands of objects from the various collections housed at the museum will move onto shelves, over tables, and through the hands of the museum's employees. These items will be registered, checked, digitized, evaluated and questioned. Almost the entire personnel of the museum will be at work in the exhibition rooms. The workflow itself dictates that what you see will change and be fresh every day. The emphasis of this project is not on objects themselves but on the many ways a cultural museum works with its varied materiel.

The project itself is experimental, and the process open. Only a few basic procedures have been fixed, and even the closing date for this exhibit is not determined. In this workshop-style approach, the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art plays with the conventional structures and content of museums generally, and with its own conventions. We want to break through the conventions to start a dialogue about the museum that is not just conducted by experts but also in collaboration with visitors.

In spaces and places where objects can be seen without benefit of specific settings or pre-ordained interpretations, it is easier to ask questions about their meaning, or their topicality, or even how one perceives them. The museum itself would like to build on this dialogue for its own future, whether in terms of exhibit contents, programmatic plans, or organizational mandates.

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€ 5,-
Concessions € 3,50
Family-ticket € 9,-

Free admission: members of the Folklore Association and the Society of the Ethnographic Museum/Schloß Kittsee

Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Getting there

Tram routes 5 and 33 (get off at Laudongasse)
43 and 44 (Lange Gasse)
Bus route 13A (Laudongasse)
Handicapped Parking


Museum Shop
During Museum opening-times

Tuesday to Friday 9am - 4pm
Closed July and August

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

AusstellungsrundgÀnge mit GesprÀchsrunde bei Café und Kuchen

Donnerstag, 16. August 2007, 15-17 Uhr
GesprĂ€che mit SeniorInnen ĂŒber die Museumsarbeit
ErzÀhlen Sie! Welche Vorstellungen von der Arbeit in einem Museum haben Sie?
Rundgang und GesprĂ€chskreis fĂŒr SeniorInnen bei CafĂ© und Kuchen
Kosten: € 9.- pro Person
Anmeldung: +43(0)1/406 89 05-34,

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As listed in the programme or by prior arrangement
Groups up to 10 people: 80,- Euro (admission included)

(Guided Tours in German, English and Slovak available)

FĂŒhrungen durch die Alte Klosterapotheke, Johannesgasse 8, 1010 Wien
Anhand der ausgestellten Objekte religiöser Volkskunst sowie der original erhaltenen Offizin der Klosterapotheke werden die unterennbare Verbindung der irdischen Heilkunst und der himmlischen Hilfe im Volksglauben thematisiert.

FĂŒhrungen auch in englischer und spanischer Sprache möglich!

Anmeldung und Information:
+43(0)1/406 89 05-26,


Programm fĂƒÂŒr Volksschulen

Schriften unter der Lupe
Kinder entdecken geheimnisvolle Schriftzeichen im Museum und in der Bibliothek
ab 5. Juni 2007


FĂƒÂŒr Kinder- und Jugendgruppen:

Das kennen wir aus dem MÀrchen! (StÀndige Schausammlung)
(fĂƒÂŒr TeilnehmerInnen von ca. 6 - 8 Jahren)

Rabe, Fuchs, Maus und Co. Reise in die Welt der Fabeln (StÀndige Schausammlung)
(fĂƒÂŒr TeilnehmerInnen von ca. 9 - 14 Jahren)

Von Bubensachen und MÀdchendingen (StÀndige Schausammlung)
(fĂƒÂŒr TeilnehmerInnen von 10 - 14 Jahren)

Von MÀnnersachen und Frauendingen (StÀndige Schausammlung)
(fĂƒÂŒr TeilnehmerInnen von ca. 14 - 19 Jahren)

Wer mischt sich eine Medizin? (Alte Klosterapotheke)
(fĂƒÂŒr TeilnehmerInnen von ca. 4 - 8 Jahren)

Pestabwehr im Alten Wien (Alte Klosterapotheke)
(fĂƒÂŒr TeilnehmerInnen von ca. 8 - 13 Jahren)


Die Programme können von Gruppen zu selbst gewÀhlten Terminen gebucht werden. Information und Anmeldung unter: T +43/(0)1/406 89 05-26,

Programm fĂƒÂŒr Seniorengruppen
Was Sie schon immer ĂƒÂŒber Museumsarbeit wissen wollten!
ab 20. Juni 2007
Infos als pdf

Venue hire

Feiern und Veranstalten im Gartenpalais Schönborn

Das Museum fĂŒr Volkskunde vermietet fĂŒr private und betriebliche Veranstaltungen wie Feste, Lesungen, Pressekonferenzen, VortrĂ€ge oder Vereinssitzungen passende RĂ€umlichkeiten.

Informationen als pdf

Kindergeburtstag im Museum

1,5 Stunden betreutes Programm, verschiedene Programme stehen zur Auswahl, Torte und GetrÀnke sind mitzubringen

Di bis So zw. 14 und 17 Uhr
Kosten: bis 12 Kinder 180,- Euro (inkl. Reinigung), 13 bis 24 Kinder 240,- Euro

Anmeldung und Information:
+43(0)1/406 89 05-26,