Haus der Musik is an interesting museum in the centre of Vienna. You will walk through various rooms on 4 floors and will pass by a lot of musical instruments and can read about composers, listen to their music.
My favorite part of the museum was the so-called "Der Virtuelle Dirigent" (the virtual conductor) : You get a conductor's stick and can start conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Radetzkymarsch. The woldfamous orchestra will play according to your movements, sometimes much too slow sometimes too fast. At the end someone from the orchestra on the screen will say something like : "That was now really lousy"
I only once was able to watch a young lady conducting the Radetzkymarsch in a perfect tempo and finally all musicians of the orchestra stood up, bowed and started applauding their conductor !
Haus der Musik is open for visitors:
daily from 10.00am till 10.00pm
the museumshop on 4th floor is open
daily from 11.00am till 08.00pm
entrancefee is 10 euros
It can be called the House of Science&Culture&Fun and it's a place where you can loose your track of time. You will find a lot of info about the big composers or the science of sound in a very pleasant and fun way. Actualy it can be called an interactive museum and I think that most of the people between 6 and 99 years would enjoy it.
When reading about it, it was full of promise; sadly really not much about music apart from the well known compaosers who had lived in the city. Interesting exhibits that use technoilogy to speak through sound and how we deal with it and music.
This is a really different museum... but in a good way. It is an interactive sound/music museum. You can try out all different exhibits as well as learn about Austria's famous composers.
If you have extra time I would definitely recommend a visit. We stayed for about 2 hours and went through quickly.
Another nice museum on music.
The first floor tells the story of the famous Vienna Philharmonic. You even have the opportunity to listen to their world-famous New Year’s Concert in a comfortable room decorated in the style of the Musikverein. You can also compose your own waltz by throwing dice !
Then you reach the second floor which is even more interactive than the first one. It is dedicated to the various sounds that exist in the world and the everyday life. The first place is impressive, as you enter a room where your perceptions correspond to those of a baby in its mother's womb !
The third floor gives explanations on various great composers, each in its room adequately decorated. Learn everything about Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss and Mahler, among others !
Then finish your tour with the 4th floor and discover the sounds of the future. But don't forget to conduct the Vienna Philarmonic before leaving... Just take the stick, choose your song and start the moves ! Be good, because the musicians will tell you if its bad :-)
This museum celebrate's Vienna's Musical history from the early composer's to today's Vienna Philharmornic. It also has a lot of interactive displays allowing you to experiment with sound.