On four floors, the Vienna Furniture Museum displays furniture and interiors from different eras. These include Baroque and Rococo, Empire and Biedermeier, Historicism, Viennese Modernism and the 20th/21st century. Approximately 61,000 pieces of furniture and furnishings can be admired on your own, with an audio guide, or as part of a guided tour. In addition, there is a "Sissi in the Film Tour", where the original furniture of Empress Sisi and film clips are shown.
Baroque and Rococo
In the Baroque and Rococo collection, you will encounter strikingly curved pieces of furniture typical of the period, with a bulbous corpus and gilded fittings. Most of the furniture on display is from the possession of Prince Eugene and the Viennese court. With its numerous wood types and ornaments and inlays, Maria Theresa's desk from Milan from around 1770 to 1773 is one of the highlights.
Biedermeier and Empire
The Biedermeier berths are particularly special in this area. They represent this epoch through a fully furnished and period room that reflects the lifestyle. On display in the museum is, among other things, the "Room of a Young Girl" from around 1825/30. In addition, the Vienna Hofburg's 1816 bedroom is unique. In this room as well, the entire room has been reconstructed in Empire style so that visitors can see the bedroom of Emperor Franz II/I and his wife Karoline August.
With Historicism, art in Vienna literally blossomed once again. A throne arrangement from the Vienna Hofburg around the second half of the 19th century illustrates this as well. The gilded frame and the gold brocade covering are meant to represent the ruler even in his absence. You can also admire a historic hunting room from around 1880, decorated with furniture made of antlers.
The development of art towards the end of the 19th century can be seen in the collection of Viennese Modernism. Exhibits include a "Seating Machine" by Josef Hoffmann from around 1905, which has gone down in design history, and furniture from the Vienna Post Office Savings Bank by Otto Wagner.
20th / 21st century
In this part of the exhibition, you can see the bedroom of Lucie Rie's flat around 1928. In addition, numerous pieces of furniture and chairs, such as the armchair for the Vienna Town Hall, are on display. So you get an overview of the Austrian design landscape, in which everyone should be able to afford inexpensive furniture.
The Furniture Museum got its start as early as the 18th century with Maria Theresa. She was the first to arrange for a so-called court property inspector. This person was responsible for the care, preservation and transport of the furniture. The residences were not permanently furnished until the turn of the 19th century.
Over the course of time, however, a "junk room of the monarchy" became a collection steeped in history. The Furniture Museum has been open to the public since 1998. Today, the Furniture Museum is a mixture of warehouse, workshop, administration and museum. In addition, the collection pieces are restored, preserved and managed.
- The day pass at Furniture Museum in Vienna is €11.50 making it one of the 3 cheapest tourist Attractions in Vienna.
How to get there
You can reach the Furniture Museum in Vienna by car and by public transport:
There is a parking garage for cars in the immediate vicinity of the museum
- Attersee Garage / Andreasgasse6, 1070 Vienna
By public transport, you first travel to the Westbahnhof in Vienna and then take the underground to the museum.
- The station near the museum is called Zieglergasse.
- The journey takes about 10 minutes
- You have to change trains once