Literature Museum


Free entry to the Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library

Normal Price: Adult: €8,00; Child: free

Johann Nestroy, Arthur Schnitzler, Franz Kafka, Ilse Aichinger, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Friederike Mayröcker – these are only some of the names of major Austrian authors whose letters, works and creativity is presented in Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library. Unique original sources and numerous media points allow visitors to experience the diversity of Austrian literature from the 18th century to the present. 


  • Some 650 objects from over 200 authors
  • Over 60 multimedia points
  • A movie room
  • A manuscript page from Franz Kafka’s incomplete novel “The Man Who Disappeared” (the only one of the Prague-born author’s manuscripts in Austria)
  • Moving original letters by Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan

Did you know:

- The Literature Museum is housed in the former Austro-Hungarian Exchequer Archives, whose director was the famous Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer? His office has survived in its original condition and is a part of the museum. 

- The Literature Museum offers a free museum tablet with an interactive writing workshop that allows visitors to continue the beginnings of famous novels?

Things to see:

A separate room houses surprising objects, such as Heimito von Doderer’s dressing gown, a hat from Elfriede Gerstl’s legendary hat collection, Adalbert Stifter’s cabbage slicer or a lock of Arthur Schnitzler’s hair.

Special exhibitions:

In addition to the permanent exhibition on the 1st and 2nd floors, the museum presents an annual special exhibition on the 3rd floor.

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Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
Thursday10:00 - 21:00
Friday10:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
24.12.: 10:00 - 15:00


Metro:U1, U2, U4 Karlsplatz; U1, U3 Stephansplatz
Tram:1, 2, 71, D Kärntner Ring, Oper
Bus: 2A Plankengasse

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Route: Blue Line / Yellow Line / Red Line
Bus Stop: Staatsoper


Grillparzerhaus, Johannesgasse 6, 1010  Vienna
Phone: +43 1 53410780

Just one more step to your Vienna sightseeing tour
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