Haus der Musik - House of Music, Vienna

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    Haus der Musik

    by globetrott Updated Jul 30, 2012

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    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

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    Have you always wanted to conduct an orchestra?

    by christine.j Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    The Haus der Musik is a music museum, but a very special one. It's interactive, touch this, experiment there, listen to this, try out that, watch something else, lie down and relax to the sound of beautiful music, conduct an orchestra etc.You can really experiment with music in this house. Even if you're not an absolute music lover it simply is lots of fun.
    The museum opens at 10 and that's when we were there. It turned to be a good decision, as we had the place for ourselves for about one hour and didn't have to get in line anywhere. When we left, it was packed and people had to wait for their turn to conduct or to try out the instruments.

    Update 2008:

    I had loved this museum during my first stay in Vienna and so it was the must-do activity for me this time. I made sure I was there at opening time - 10 am - and went straight up to third floor to conduct the orchestra.This is so much fun. You see the complete orchestra on a video and by a baton you can conduct.If you move it fast, they play very fast and if you take your time, it sounds like an old record being played at the wrong speed.Then, sooner or later, one of the musicians loses his patience and starts scolding.Call me childish, but I always have to laugh. There are three different pieces of music to chose from, and this time I chose them all.

    Again, as during my first time in the museum, there were school classes, so in order to experience and try out as much as possible, come early.

    The picture is taken from the video, so grainy, but it gives some idea at least.

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    Haus der Musik

    by bogdan05 Written Mar 7, 2007

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    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.

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    Haus der Musik

    by gordonilla Written Nov 4, 2006

    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.

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    Haus Der Musik

    by MLW20 Written Oct 9, 2006

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    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.

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    Haus der Musik (Sound museum)

    by Muya Updated Jul 9, 2006

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    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 :-)

    The world of Mahler Mozart's first composition Listening to the desert's sounds Conducting the Vienna Philarmonic ! In Mozart's room

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    Haus Der Musik

    by Marimba_Man Written Jan 26, 2003

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    This is one of my favorite museums that I visited on my trip to Europe. It is an interactive, hands on museum about music and sounds. Go to their website and see what they currently are showing. I thought the museum used a good mix of technology to keep the information fresh and engaging. I liked the little workstations that would explain a small concept with headphones to help you hear what you needed to hear. The museum also incorporated what you did at one station into the display of another station. For example, it might ask you to make a sound into a microphone and then a few displays later, it would use the sound you made with the sounds from other patrons for a new sound altogether. There is also a great display where you can conduct an orchestra (that is on a video screen) and depending on how fast you wave the baton, the orchestra will play in sync with you. There is so much to this museum that I liked, that you will just have to trust me and spend some time there. I would plan on at least a half day and maybe even a few days if you are into music.

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    Haus der Musik

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jul 26, 2009

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    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.

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