Everyday Viennese scene with lady in hat and shoeshine boy around 1900

Hats off!

Head coverings served not only to protect the head but were also a visible sign of social status, political affiliation, religious orientation and identity. The exhibition "Chapeau!" at the Wien Museum looks at Viennese history from 1848 to today with the aid of selected hats and topics. The story of the 1848 revolution in particular can be told well using head coverings: The soft-brimmed, feather-adorned Calabrese hat was the symbol of the revolutionaries and was even worn by women on the barricades, while the top hat became the head covering of the traditionalists and authorities.

Five themed areas are the center of the show:

  • Political heads: Head coverings of the powerful and rebellious
  • Headwear of emancipation: Women and their head coverings
  • Religion on the heads: Rules for the “religious head” and the current discussion about the hijab and burka
  • Cerebral identities: Differentiating features of urban groups
  • Viennese fashion for the head: The history of Vienna as a city of hats

The exhibition also wants to tell the story of Viennese fashion: Vienna was a hat city and remains one to this day. Traditional companies such as the Mühlbauer Hutmanufaktur or the Szaszi hat salon continue to be found. And the Hetzendorf Fashion School is the only one to train milliners (hat designers) in the German-speaking countries.

Chapeau! A social history of the covered head

9 June - 30 October 2016

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Karlsplatz, 1040  Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Free admission on first Sunday of the month
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
    • geschlossen: 1.1., 1.5., 25.12.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   179  cm  wide )
        via ramp
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        directly behind the museum (Maderstrasse), access to the museum: no steps
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair for rental, seats available. Permanent exhibition tours for visually impaired visitors by prior arrangement (Tel. +43 1 505 87 47-85 180). Overview map in large print available.

    • Comments

      The exhibition area is accessible via elevator (orientation with Braille) and deducible with the wheelchair.


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