Austrian Theater Museum
The Theater Museum brings together collections on all topics of the performing arts and is one of the biggest and most important documentation centers of its kind in the world. Objects of contemporary Austrian and international stage art from spoken and musical theater via dance and film to figure and puppet theater are kept in the archives and scientifically researched, published and presented in exhibitions.
The museum evolved from the Theater Collection of the Austrian National Library, whose origins go as far back as the Baroque era. In 1923, the collection was enlarged when the theater collection of the famous actor and former director of the Vienna Burgtheater, Hugo Thimig (1854-1944), was bought.
A separate department of the museum is devoted to children where they are introduced to the stage-world in a playful way. The Theater Museum also houses a grand concert hall, the "Eroica Hall", called after Beethoven's Third Symphony, dedicated to the composer's patron and owner of the palace, Franz Joseph Maximilian Prince Lobkowitz. Subsequently many of Beethoven’s compositions were performed at the Lobkowitz Palace.
Picture Gallery a guest of the Theatre Museum
By 2020, the Picture Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts (which is being renovated) will be presented in a new hanging scheme in the adapted rooms of the Theatre Museum. Alongside Bosch’s Last Judgment triptych, other highlights from the 15th to 19th centuries can be seen, including leading works of European painting from Lucas Cranach the Elder, Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck and Rembrandt through to Tiepolo, Guardi and Füger.
Tenorissimo! Plácido Domingo in Vienna
The Theater Museum celebrates Plácido Domingo on the anniversary of his stage debut in a special exhibition from May 17: He has been singing at the Vienna State Opera for 50 years. In 1967 Plácido Domingo made his debut in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo and started an unparalleled career. Ever since Vienna has been a very special "home port" where he appeared in 30 roles in 330 performances.
Original costumes, video and audio clips document the most important performances of the Tenorissimo in Vienna. Besides the opera star, celebrated far beyond his artistic circles, the presentation also shows the human, the genuine bundle of energy Plácido Domingo.
May 17, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Theatre MuseumLobkowitzplatz 2 , 1010 Wien
- Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 1€ off
- We - Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
- Presentations, tours and workshops by appointment
- no steps (Double swinging doors 120 cm wide )
- 130 cm wide and 150 cm low , Door 130 cm wide
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
Special offers for people with disabilities
Wheelchair rental (by prior arrangement: at least two days ahead of time). Tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24–5310).
Exhibition area on ground floor: with portable ramp placed by staff as required. Intercom system at the main gate (front door or box office), staff will take you to the elevator.
Seeing-eye dogs permitted (please register at the box office, Tel. +43 1 525 24-3460).
- Main entrance
Theater Museum for Children and Young People:
Performances, guided tours and workshops by prior arrangement
Tel. +43 1 525 24-5310