Maria Theresa with her husband and children

Maria Theresa: 300th birthday in 2017

Maria Theresa (1717-1780) was an exceptional monarch: As her father, Emperor Charles VI, died without a male heir, she became the first and only female Habsburg regent in the archduchy of Austria in 1740. After her husband, Franz Stephan von Lothringen (1708-1765), was crowned Roman-German emperor, she became "empress". But only in colloquial terms. She was never actually crowned empress. Instead, she was the crowned Queen of Bohemia and "King" of Hungary. Her marriage was truly a happy one. Despite the occasional infidelity on the part of her husband, she gave birth to 16 children, ten of whom reached adulthood. The survival of the House of Habsburg-Lothringen was therefore finally assured. Surrounded by her children, she went down in history as a benevolent mother to her people.

Of course, the image of the loving mother and monarch does not stand up to historical scrutiny: Her children had to yield to the political plans of their mother and were married into the House of Bourbon in order align Austrian more closely with France. Very few of the marriages were happy. Yet the power politician Maria Theresa had her intentions. In Austria, she and her advisers initiated many reforms: The administration, army, economy and education were modernized. The "General School Ordinance" adopted in 1774 was the foundation stone of compulsory basic education for everyone. On the other hand, she had Protestants and Jews expelled from the cities and the country.

Numerous exhibitions in 2017 deal with the life and works of Maria Theresa:

300 years of Maria Theresa: Strategist - Mother - Reformer

15 March - 29 November 2017, 4 locations:

  • Imperial Furniture Collection: "Family and Legacy"
    At the center of this exhibition are the family politics of Maria Theresa, the numerous monuments erected in her name as well as her cultural legacy (above all Schönbrunn Palace).
  • Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna: "Woman Power and Joie de Vivre"
    Right next door to Schönbrunn Palace, which houses the living quarters of Maria Theresa, it's all about the impressive carriages and numerous festivals of the monarch.
  • Schloss Hof (Lower Austria): "Alliances and Feuds"
    The show ranges from the difficult assumption of office as the country's First Lady through to the many wars she waged to secure her power for the long term.
  • Niederweiden Palace (Lower Austria): "Modernization and Reforms"
    The focus is on Maria Theresa's many advisers, with whom she implemented reforms, as well as the introduction of general compulsory education.

Information: www.mariatheresia2017.at
Combined ticket for all 4 exhibitions: €29
Opening hours for the duration of the exhibition:
Imperial Furniture Collection: daily 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Imperial Coach Collection: daily 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Schloss Hof & Niederweiden Palace: daily 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

Maria Theresa: The Habsburgs' Mightiest Woman

17 February - 5 June 2017, Ceremonial room of the Austrian National Library

The exhibition presents the person of Maria Theresa and her role in Austria and Europe. Her political successes and crises are examined, as are the cultural achievements of her era. One of the exhibits on show for the first time will be a luxury volume dedicated to the monarch dating to 1740, which has been lavishly restored.

Maria Theresa and the Arts

30 June - 5 November 2017, Lower Belvedere

For the first time, a show is devoted exclusively to the relationship between Maria Theresa and the visual arts, above all portrait painting, which served imperial prestige. Another topic of the exhibition is Maria Theresa's decision to house the imperial gallery in the Belvedere.

For the Attention of Her Majesty: The Medals of Maria Theresa

28 March 2017 - 18 February 2018, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (Art History Museum Vienna) (Coin Collection)

Medals were one of the most important artistic mass media in the 18th century. They were described as "medallions and commemorative coins". The KHM holds a first-class collection of Maria Theresa's medals, which are shown in the exhibition.

Extremely personal. Porcelain and privacy at the time of Maria Theresa

20 March - 7 October 2017, Porcelain Museum in the Augarten

The exhibition takes a look at the ladies' apartments, the 'retreats' (toilets) and bedrooms at the time of Maria Theresa. At the time, the porcelain manufactory created many new objects in different shapes, which served a new standard of privacy.

Church, Cloister, Empress – Maria Theresa and Sacred Austria

4 March - 15 November 2017, Klosterneuburg Monastery

The exhibition presents the relationship between the ruling house and the church, which reached its zenith at the time of Maria Theresa. In addition, the 300th birthday will be celebrated with a Baroque feast on 13 and 14 May 2017.

300 years of Maria Theresa

7 February - 3 June 2017, Museum in the Scots Abbey

The small exhibition in the Scots Abbey shows documents, seals, coats of arms and medals from the abbey archive with a direct connection to Maria Theresa.

Maria Theresa and music

6 April - 23 June 2017, Musikverein (exhibition room, Mo-Fr 9.00 am - 6.00 pm, Sa 9.00 am - 2.00 pm, hols. closed)

Maria Theresa conducted and made music. She was the only Habsburger to also appear as an opera singer. As a princess of the realm, she laid new foundations for the role, status and perception of music. The exhibition documents her influence on music.

Maria Theresa tour in Schönbrunn Palace

In anniversary year 2017 only, a special guided tour will be offered of the outstanding summer apartment commissioned by Maria Theresa and designed by Johann Wenzel Bergl on the ground floor of Schönbrunn Palace. The tour includes the Bergl Rooms, the Large and Small Gallery, the Carousel Room and the Ceremonial Hall on the principal floor.
15 March - 29 November 2017
Sa and Su: 10.30 am (English) and 2.30 pm (German)
Reservations: reservierung@schoenbrunn.at or Tel. +43-1-811 13-239

Hofmobiliendepot. Imperial Furniture Collection

Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   180  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 90 cm wide and 160 cm low , 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.

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Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna (Kaiserliche Wagenburg Wien)

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • 15 March to 29 November
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 30 November to 31 December
      Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Double swinging doors )
    • Comments

      Main entrance: steps (more than 3 cm), double doors (each 68 cm wide), entrance to the collection: double swinging doors, total width 130cm, exhibition area: flat floors, wheelchair-accessible. Second floor area reachable via steps (width 128 cm, 12 steps, landing, then 155 cm, 10 steps, handrail on both sides of the steps, 100 cm high). Restroom outside Coach Collection.

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Schloss Hof

Schlosshof 1, 2294 Schlosshof
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • until 27.11. daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • 2.12.-17.12. Sa - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • 2.12.-17.12. on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 100 cm wide and 165 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Free wheelchair rental (by prior arrangement).

    • Comments

      Exhibition rooms, restaurant / café: no steps. Wheelchair ramps in the garden.

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Schloss Niederweiden

Niederweiden, 2292 Engelhartstetten
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Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek)

Josefsplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to September
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
      • 122 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on prior arrangement.

    • Comments

      Main entrance on first floor and access to Grand Hall on second floor: entrance Josefsplatz.

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Lower Belvedere, Orangery (Belvedere - Unteres Belvedere & Orangerie)

Rennweg 6, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0 €
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • ( Door  90  cm  wide )
        Rennweg 6
      • Ramp 600  cm  long , 200  cm  high
    • Elevator available
      • 140 cm wide and 90 cm low
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for groups in Austrian sign language and for the visually impaired (tactile tours).
      Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts.

    • Comments

      Lower Belvedere Shop: no steps

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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 from June to August and September
  • 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.

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Porcelain Museum in the Augarten

Obere Augartenstraße 1, 1020 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors )
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 180 cm low , Door 120 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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Klosterneuburg Abbey

Stiftsplatz 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg
  • Comments

    • How to get there:
      Underground U4: Heiligenstadt, then autobus 238 or 239: Klosterneuburg-Niedermarkt or City Train S 40: Klosterneuburg-Kierling Underground U6: Spittelau, then City Train S 40: Klosterneuburg-Kierling

  • Opening times

    • daily, 09:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        in parking garage P1, on Rathausplatz in front of the Babenbergerhalle and at car park P3 "Gastmeisterei"
    • Elevator available
      • 108 cm wide and 210 cm low , Door 89 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      wheelchair accessible restrooms at visitor reception/"Sala terrena" and in the cloisters. Free admission for persons accompanying visitors with wheelchairs.
      Multimedia guide for blind people and in Austrian sign language (ÖGS) available, accompanying material in embossed print and Braille.
      Guided tours for the visually impaired or blind people incl. touching model of the abbey complex and the planned "Austrian Escorial Palace" on request: "History and stories – to touch".

    • Comments

      Wheelchair accessible visitor areas  except for the abbey museum and the gardens. Access from the underground car park (parking place for visitors with disabilities) via elevator. Level P1 has a lifting platform that leads to the parking level for tour buses. Access from Rathausplatz via ramp, length: 190 cm, width: 74 cm. 2 stairlifts in cloister area.

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Musikverein

Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 13:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        via ramp, automatic sliding door (opens with button from the outside)
      • Ramp   164  cm  wide
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Ring the bell by the entrance to the concert box office (Bösendorferstr. 12); the box office staff will come to assist with ticket purchases at the door.
      Wheelchair-accessible elevator: to all floors. Brahms Hall: 6 wheelchair seats. Grand Hall: 2 wheelchair seats in orchestra, about 16 in balcony. Glass Hall/Magna Auditorium: 4 wheelchair seats.

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Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • April to June
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • July to August
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • September to October
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • November to March
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at main entrance portal (Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, 3 parking spaces), Meidlinger Tor (2 parking spaces), close to Kavalierstrakt as well as Valerietrakt (2 parking spaces) and Fürstenstöckl (1 parking space)
    • Elevator available
      • 95 cm wide and 139 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Free wheelchair rental – contact attendant at main portal (3 wheelchairs) or at Hietzinger Tor and at Meidlinger Tor (1 wheelchair each).
      Supplemental devices available for the visually impaired. Tours for visitors with with disabilities or special needs on request.
      Museum Sign Language Guide available in ÖGS and IS for the Imperial or Grand Tour, prior reservation recommended, further information:
      www.schoenbrunn.at/besucherinfo/audioguide/oegs-guide.html

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms: no steps. Freight elevator for extra wide wheelchairs: door width: 160 cm, cabin depth: 220 cm, cabin width: 156 cm.

       

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In the Footsteps of the Habsburgs

Imperial Burial Vault

Maria Theresa: mother and political powerhouse

The World of the Habsburgs

 

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