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Exhibiting Design

When they cross the threshold of the attractive red-brick building on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, visitors enter a world of furniture, textiles, carpets, wood and metal designs, glass and ceramics. The MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna is the first port of call for design collections in Vienna. Founded in 1863 as the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, the MAK’s permanent collection still brings together applied arts, design, architecture and contemporary art – bridging antiquity and the present day, from Asian art to the Wiener Werkstätte (established in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser). The MAK has the largest collection of items produced by Wiener Werkstätte in the world.

The new MAK Design Lab is also well worth a visit, presenting design around everyday themes such as cooking, eating and drinking, seating and decorating, as it has changed over time. One area displays exhibits from the archive of Helmut Lang, who was born in Austria and is one of the most influential fashion designers of the last 30 years.

Furniture and porcelain

Meanwhile, at the Vienna Furniture Museum furniture takes center stage, as the name suggests. The former imperial and royal furniture depot was entrusted with looking after the furnishings used in the various Habsburg households. With a focus on Biedermeier and Historicist styles, the museum provides a fascinating insight into interior design culture over the centuries, taking in everything from an imperial wheelchair to Empress Elisabeth’s bed chamber in the Hungarian town of Gödöllö to distinctive Thonet bentwood furniture.

The Augarten Porcelain Museum walks visitors through the history of porcelain making in Vienna from its inception right through to the present day. And at the Designforum in the MuseumsQuartier, the focus is on the creative industries and contemporary design, with regular exhibitions showcasing graphic design, multimedia work and product design.

MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Stubenring 5
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -21%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 14€ 5% off at MAK Design Shop

  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 21:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Elevator to the exhibition rooms.

Vienna Furniture Museum

Andreasgasse 7
1070 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -38%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 10,50€. Sisi Ticket (Imperial Furniture Collection, Schönbrunn Palace, Sisi Museum & Imperial Apartments & Silver Collection) 33€ instead of 36€ with the Vienna City Card

  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • also open on: Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Mondays between December 24 and January 6.

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Doppelschwingtüre 180 cm wide)
    • Elevator available
      • Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Seeing-eye dogs permitted. Guided group tours for wheelchair users on request.

    • Comments

      All areas accessible via elevator. Elevator 3rd-5th floor.
      Lifting platform to the first floor: door width: 83 cm, cabin depth: 117 cm, cabin width: 75 cm. Access to the restaurant / café: no steps.

Porcelain Museum in the Augarten

Obere Augartenstraße 1
1020 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -29%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 7€

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 16:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 16:00
    • We, 10:00 - 16:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 16:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 16:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 16:00
  • Accessibility

    • Elevator available
      • Door 120 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.

Designforum Wien in the MuseumsQuartier

Museumsplatz 1, Hof 7
1070 Vienna