The Historical Museum of the City of Vienna. An interesting assortment of things, especially for the baroque and Biedermeyer periods. I especially love the enormous maps which should the city as it was at the time of the sieges of 1526 and 1683. There are excellent "historical rooms" showing upper class interiors from the 18th through the early 20th centuries. Some crafts and fine furniture too - Wien Werkstätte, some Klimt and Schiele. The Museum unfortunately fails to engage with Vienna's more troubled history of the twentieth century; this is not the place to go if you want to know what happened to the Jews of Vienna in the 20th century. The post-World War II era is skimmed over as well. I hope that this museum will some time live up to its responsibilities.
3 floors of some 1.200 sqm each document the history of Vienna from the early Neolithic to the 20th century.
During my visit, I liked:
-the first plans for a museum building at Karlsplatz - projects by Otto Wagner
-models of the Vienna city in different century
-princes' statue from St. Stephen's Cathedral
-paintings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
HISTORISCHES MUSEUM DER STADT WIEN (Historical Museum of the City of Vienna)
The Vienna’s history is told through a wide variety of artifacts and works of art. Ground floor tells the story of this area from Neolithic to Roman to medieval times.
On the 1st floor are panoramic views of Vienna; battle scenes from the Turkish wars and number of portraits. The second floor (19th – 20th centuries) has fascinating Napoleonic era salon decorated in the “Pompean” style.
Two large wooden models show what Vienna looked like before and after the Ring was built. Klimt, Kokoshka, Schiele, Gerstl, Moll and others represent Austrian art. Admission free on Fr 9 am – 12 noon.