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The Academy of Medicine and Surgery was founded by Emperor Joseph II. in order to train doctors and midwives under a new scheme for civil and military deployments. From 1784 to 1788, a total of 1,192 wax models were made in Florence, laboriously transported to Vienna and exhibited in seven rooms in display cases made from rosewood and Venetian glass. Descriptions in Italian and German were provided by way of explanation. Today, the collection is housed in six rooms of the Josephinum.

Three of these rooms, subdivided into the anatomical areas of ligaments and muscles, heart, blood and lymph vessels, intestines, brain, spinal cord and sensory organs, can be visited during normal opening hours. In addition, the Josephinum houses a library of medical writings and publications from the 15th to 18th centuries as well as numerous other collections of the Medical University of Vienna which document the history of medicine and the major contribution made by the Viennese School of Medicine.

Guided tours: Fr 11.00 am, We 6.00 pm & Sa 1.00 pm (German), Sa 11.00 am (English)

Josephinum Collections of the Medical of University Vienna

Währinger Straße 25 , 1090 Wien
  • Opening times

    • We, 16:00 - 20:00
    • Fr - Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 1 Steps (Double swinging doors   77  cm  wide )
    • Side entrance
      • 1 Steps (Double swinging doors 70 cm wide )
      • Ramp 90 cm wide
    • Elevator available
      • 140 cm wide and 120 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Exhibition rooms: no steps, can be reached by elevator, escort recommended.

      3 steps between garden and museum.


Wax model of a woman
View of the exhibition with wax models in historic display cases
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