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Globe and Esperanto Museum

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Free entry to the Globe and Esperanto& Papyrus Museum
Normal Ticket Price: Adult € 5,00*; Child: free

Globe Museum

The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library is the only one of its kind in the world. Housed in the historical Palais Mollard, it presents some 250 valuable terrestrial and celestial globes from the 16th century to modern times, as well as globes of the Earth’s moon and various planets, and instruments of which globes are an integral part, such as planetaria, telluria and lunaria.

Highlights

  • The most valuable objects are a terrestrial and a celestial globe made by the famous cartographer Gerard Mercator in 1541 and 1551, as well as the oldest globe extant in Austria, the unique terrestrial globe of Gemma Frisius from 1536.

Did you know:

- In addition to regular globes, there were also folding, inflatable and mountable globes for special purposes?
- There are also globe clocks and pocket globes?

Things to see:

The so-called “gold cabinet” shows large-scale murals from around 1700. It is not known who painted these mythological scenes in the style of Paolo Veronese, but their splendour certainly forms a beautiful backdrop for remarkable instruments such as armillary spheres and planetaria.

A visitor favourite is the virtual globe: A 3D facsimile of Gerard Mercator's terrestrial globe can be enlarged and rotated on a touchscreen. Visitors can also compare the hand-coloured surface of the original with current geodata, allowing them to see how the geographical knowledge of the 16th century compares to reality.

Esperanto Museum

The Esperanto Museum of the Austrian National Library is one of the most significant of its kind worldwide: It presents not only a large collection of media and objects in and about Esperanto, the world's most successful planned language, but also countless other invented languages, such as Klingon from the TV cult series “Star Trek”. 

Highlights

  • One of the most popular objects is the arcade machine that allows you to learn the basic grammar of Esperanto based on the legendary game Pac Man. A BBC video course lets visitors experience what Esperanto sounds like.

Did you know:

- Esperanto was forbidden by both the Nazi and the Communist regimes but is still spoken by several million people today.
- So-called natural languages like German or English have many words of artificial origin? For example, the words “gas” or “cinema” were invented to describe things that did not initially exist in the language.
- Famous people like Francis Bacon, René Descartes and Gottfried Leibnitz were interested in planned languages as well?

Things to see:

Interactive media terminals allow visitors to explore Esperanto and other planned languages. And if you’ve always wanted to know what the famous Hamlet soliloquy “to be or not to be” sounds like in Klingon, the Esperanto Museum is the place to go.

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June to October

MondayClosed
Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
Thursday10:00 - 21:00
Friday10:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
24th December: 10:00 - 15:00 & 31st December

Public

Metro: U3 Herrengasse
Tram: 1, 71, D Rathausplatz / Burgtheater
Bus: 1A, 2A Herrengasse; 1A, 2A Michaelerplatz

Hop On Hop Off

Route: Red Line
Bus Stop: Burgtheater

Address

Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 91010 Vienna
Phone: +43 1 534 10 710


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