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MuseumsQuartier, central courtyard
© Wolfgang Simlinger

Summer in the MuseumsQuartier

Of course, the MuseumsQuartier is in every tourist guide. But the Viennese like the former imperial court stables as well, where they meet up in summer to chat, hang out, drink beer, and play boules. The MuseumsQuartier has turned into the open-air living room of the city. Lounging on the famous MQ furniture – which comes in a different color every year – and just looking skywards. This is called relaxing the Viennese way.

Vienna's MuseumsQuartier (MQ) is one of the biggest cultural areas in the world. The mix of large museums, small cultural initiatives and trendy bars and restaurants is a success story. After visiting a museum, you can find yourself a cozy spot in the convivial dining gardens or on the stylish MQ furniture in the courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier, play a round of boules or enjoy an ice cream from Veganista (ice cream booth daily from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm).

Happy Birthday, MQ!

The MQ was opened in September 2001. There will be big celebrations for its 20th birthday this September. The Libelle weekend will be held in the MQ Libelle from September 10 to 12. Visitors can look forward to a colorful program of events with backstage tours, concerts (incl. Die Strottern, Euroteuro, and Austrofred), performance, through to video projections. Over the same period, a large mesh sculpture by the world-famous artist Janet Echelman will be hung across the entire main courtyard. The installation "Earthtime 1.78 Vienna" creates a unique ambience with atmospheric lighting variants as a symbol of connectivity.

MQ Libelle: New viewing terrace

The MQ Libelle affords the best views of the city. The new roof terrace atop the Leopold Museum is accessible to the public via two elevators. There are lots of seating areas, and a small kiosk called "Zur Libelle" serves champagne meatloaf and drinks. The MQ Libelle is open daily (except Tuesdays) from 10.00am to 10.00 pm.

The mini-golf sculpture park MQ Amore is also popular. On the square in front of the MQ, artists have created twelve sculptures in the form of mini-golf courses. Open until October, Mo-Fr 12.00 noon - 10.00 pm, Sa-Su & hols. 10.00 am - 10.00 pm

Looking at art & film

Many museums invite you to pay them a visit: the Leopold Museum owns the world's largest Egon Schiele collection, there's contemporary art at the mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna and at the Kunsthalle Wien. The Austrian Architecture Museum is also exciting.

The O-Töne Literature Festival organizes first-class open-air readings, every Thursday in July and August. Movie fans also get their money's worth: the frame[o]ut festival provides audiovisual surprises on the outdoor summertime movie screen in the MQ from July 9 to August 28, 2021, every Friday and Saturday at 10.00 pm.

MuseumsQuartier Vienna

Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 4 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        6 parking spaces within the MuseumsQuartier complex
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair service in the MQ-Point by the main entrance: daily 10 am – 7 pm free rental (form of ID left as a deposit). Inductive audio systems in the auditoriums (Hall E + G). 
 Seeing-eye dogs by prior arrangement with the respective cultural institutions.

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      Access to all MuseumsQuartier institutions: no steps. All public elevators are suitable for wheelchairs.

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