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Sisi Museum

Beautiful and celebrated Empress Elisabeth has long since become a cult figure. The Sisi Museum in the Imperial Apartments of the Imperial Palace compares the myth and the facts. Among the highlights are numerous personal objects once owned by Elisabeth as well as the most famous portraits of the beautiful empress.

Woman in front of the picture of Empress Elisabeth
Sisi Museum
Wedding-eve dress Wedding-eve dress

Elisabeth’s private life is at the center of the exhibition: her rebellion against court ceremony, her escape into a beauty cult, her obsession with being slim, athletic performance, and effusive poetry. From the carefree time as a young girl in Bavaria to the surprising engagement with the Austrian emperor to her 1898 assassination in Geneva, the museum shows the restless life of the legendary empress.

And does so using numerous objects: On view is one of the few remaining summer dresses, the reconstruction of the dress worn by the young bride on the evening before her wedding as well as the Hungarian coronation dress, famous portraits, a miniature secretaire with envelopes painted in Elisabeth's own hand, Sisi's watercolor painting box, a 63-piece first-aid kit and an accessible reconstruction of Sisi's luxurious imperial saloon car. Items on display from her childhood include her harp, which she brought with her from Bavaria, and a reconstruction of a child's dress.

Sisi's 6-piece mourning jewelry in onyz and jet, which she used to wear with her mourning dress following the death of her son Crown Prince Rudolph, is also on display here in its entirety. The black coat with egret feathers, which covered Sisi after her assassination on Lake Geneva and in which she was taken to the Hotel Beau Rivage, reminds one of the tragic incident as much as the death mask of the murdered empress.

In the Imperial Apartments and the Silver Collection you get a good impression of the daily life of the empire. And at the Hofburg Café you can pamper yourself with culinary delights.

Please note: The Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments and Imperial Silver Collection can be visited with a single ticket!

Imperial Palace Overview

Sisi Museum

Hofburg
1010   Wien
  • Contacts

    • +43 1 533 75 70
  • Prices

  • Opening hours

    • September to June
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • July to August
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
      • 114 cm wide and 104 cm deep , Doors 80 cm wide
    • More information
      • Guide dogs permitted
      • Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.
    • Comments

      Access to the exhibition rooms: elevator to the 2nd floor, access to restaurant / café: 1 step.

    • Entrance via Kaisertor

The Sisi Ticket (with the Vienna-Card for 23 Euro instead of 25,50 Euro) includes admission to: Grand Tour of Schönbrunn Palace with audio guide, the Imperial Apartments with the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection, the Imperial Furniture Depot, and the Vienna Furniture Museum.

Sissi in the Movies – Furniture of an Empress

Find information about the imperial family Habsburg on "The World of Habsburgs"

Panorama: Sisi Museum

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