Exhibition view with coffin of a shrew
© KHM-Museumsverband

Wes Anderson and the Mouse Coffin

Cult director Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel", "The Darjeeling Limited", "The Royal Tenenbaums") loves traveling through Europe by train. And has a passion for old things. So he gladly accepted the invitation of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (KHM) to browse its collection for a unique show together with his partner, costume designer and author Juman Malouf. For two whole years, both of them battled their way through more than four million paintings, art objects and works in the museum's storerooms and selected their favorites. The result is an exhibition that is slightly different from what can normally be seen at the KHM.

Production ready for filming

The show "Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures" presents over 400 unusual objects, many of which are being exhibited for the first time. In addition to the shrew coffin that gives the exhibition its title, these include ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, paintings by old masters, a selection of objects from the Kunstkammer and Schatzkammer, the Theater Museum and Ambras Castle near Innsbruck. In any case, the coming together and arrangement of these treasures gives a hint of the unbelievable abundance and density, history and complexity of the KHM's collections.

Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures – Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf

November 6, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily until January 13, 2019 and from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202 or email: kunstvermittlung@khm.at)

      Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

    • Comments

      The museum is a place of encounter and sensory perception and offers plenty of opportunity to stimulate vistors and motivate them to interact with one another by looking at art together and then getting creative themselves.
      Induction loop available at the audio guide stand.


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