The Vienna World Museum is one of the most important ethnographic museums in the world and is located in the newest part of the Vienna Hofburg on the Ringstrasse. In 14 newly designed exhibition rooms, the cultural diversity of content, stories and lifestyles is presented in an entertaining way using unique cultural treasures from all over the world
The museum's highlights can be traced back to the Habsburgs' more than 500 years of collecting - among them are pieces from the Kunstkammer of Emperor Rudolf II, the unique Old Mexican pen jewellery "Penacho", the world-famous collection of James Cook as well as objects from the discovery and research journeys of the 19th century.
The listed columned hall is the core of the World Museum Vienna. It is open to the public, invites you to relax and at the same time whets your appetite for a visit to the museum. It is also used as a stage for the museum's own events and customer events. The new Café & Bistro offers a particularly impressive view of the columned hall.
Armour and ceremonial weapons
The gallery of the columned hall leads to the newly designed exhibition rooms and two collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. In the Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer you will find magnificent armour and ceremonial weapons, which testify to knightly life and commemorate important events at court. Starting in autumn 2018, the collection of old musical instruments will present original instruments by the greatest composers, such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
A world museum for a cosmopolitan city
With its extensive collections of ethnographic objects, historical photographs and books on non-European cultures, the World Museum Vienna is one of the most important ethnographic museums in the world. Its origins date back to 1806, when the acquisition of part of the "Cook's Collections" in the Imperial Court Natural History Cabinet brought the "k.k." to the Imperial Court. Ethnographic Collection" was established.
How to get there
The Vienna World Museum is located in the city centre on Vienna's Ringstrasse and is housed in the Corps de Logis of the Neue Hofburg.
By public transport:
If you are coming from Westbahnhof, take the U3 to Volkstheater. If you arrive from Südbahnhof, take tram D to Burgring/Kunsthistorisches Museum.