The Weltmuseum Wien is one of the world’s leading ethnographical museums, situated in the newest part of Hofburg Palace on Vienna’s Ringstrasse. 14 newly designed distinct exhibition galleries show unique cultural treasures from all over the world. The aim is to communicate to visitors the cultural diversity, stories and ways of life in an entertaining way. The highlights of the museum represent more than 500 years of high-quality collecting activities on the part of the Habsburgs – among them objects from the Cabinet of Curiosities of Emperor Rudolf II, the unique Mexican feather headdress “Penacho”, the world-famous collection of James Cook, and objects from the voyages of discovery and research of the 19th century.
Your Vienna PASS also grants you admission to the stunning Imperial Armoury and the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments.
- Feather headdress, Mexico, Aztecs, early 16th century
- Feather bust of the Hawaiian war god Ku, James Cook collection, 1779
- Two court dwarves, Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria, 14th/15th century
- Feather cloak, Munduruku, Tapajós River, Brazil, c 1830
- Three-part throne screen, Qing Dynasty, China, Qianlong reign (1736-1795)
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Strung together like a chain of pearls, the series of stories told in the 14 galleries feature the core of the various collections combined with contemporary interpretations. A total of 3,127 objects as well as numerous photographs will be on display and often reveal the rather surprising connections between Austria and the world.
While the new cook café & bistro caters to the needs of visitors in the Hall of Columns, the WMW Shop boasts an exciting range of products.
One of the oldest collections of the Museum derives from the expeditions of the British seafarer James Cook (1728–1779); the purchase of the 238 objects occurred in 1806 at a museum auction in London, commissined by Imperor Franz I.
Things to see:
The gallery of the breathtaking Hall of Columns also provides access to two collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The Imperial Armoury is packed full of magnificent suits of armour and decorative weapons that attest to chivalric values and important occasions at court. The Collection of Historic Musical Instruments comprises the original instruments of some of the world’s greatest composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
Hofburg Information Centre and Imperial Shop Vienna
Located next to Weltmuseum Wien is the Hofburg Information Centre, where models and info screens provide an overview of the former seat of power of the House of Habsburg. The Information Centre is a good starting point for a visit to the Hofburg complex and its many sights.
Next to the Information Centre is the Imperial Shop Vienna: 160 m2 filled with exquisite products that radiate imperial flair and Viennese joie de vivre by former purveyors to the imperial court and traditional Austrian companies and manufactories.
In the Imperial Shop Vienna & Hofburg Information Centre you will also find tourist information and a Global Blue tax refund point.
With your Vienna PASS, you will receive a 5% discount on all products of the Imperial Shop Vienna.
Metro:U2: Museumquartier, U3: Volkstheater
Tram:1, 2, D: Burgring
Bus: 57A: Burgring
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Route: Blue Line / Yellow Line / Red Line
Bus Stop: Kunsthistorisches Museum
Phone: +43 1 534 30 5052