Elisabeth’s private life is at the center of the exhibition: her rebellion against court ceremony, her escape into a beauty cult, her obsession with being slim, athletic performance, and effusive poetry. From the carefree time as a young girl in Bavaria to the surprising engagement with the Austrian emperor to her 1898 assassination in Geneva, the museum shows the restless life of the legendary empress.
And does so using numerous objects: On view is one of the few remaining summer dresses, the reconstruction of the dress worn by the young bride on the evening before her wedding as well as the Hungarian coronation dress, famous portraits, a miniature secretaire with envelopes painted in Elisabeth's own hand, Sisi's watercolor painting box, a 63-piece first-aid kit and an accessible reconstruction of Sisi's luxurious imperial saloon car. Items on display from her childhood include her harp, which she brought with her from Bavaria, and a reconstruction of a child's dress.
Sisi's 6-piece mourning jewelry in onyz and jet, which she used to wear with her mourning dress following the death of her son Crown Prince Rudolph, is also on display here in its entirety. The black coat with egret feathers, which covered Sisi after her assassination on Lake Geneva and in which she was taken to the Hotel Beau Rivage, reminds one of the tragic incident as much as the death mask of the murdered empress.
Special exhibition: “Elisabeth – An Empress on Horseback”
June 10, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
The exhibition focuses on Empress Elisabeth’s passion for horseback riding. She was an accomplished horsewoman. 18 rarely seen exhibits are on display that span her life as an equestrian, from her first experiences of riding horses up to her riding accident in Sassetot Palace in Normandy.
Please note: The Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments and Imperial Silver Collection can be visited with a single ticket!
Sisi MuseumHofburg, 1010 Wien
Entrance via Kaisertor
- Your benefit with the Vienna Card:
Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- September to June
- no steps
- 114 cm wide and 104 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
Access to the exhibition rooms: elevator to the 2nd floor, access to restaurant / café: 1 step.
- Main entrance
The Sisi Ticket (with the Vienna-Card for 23 Euro instead of 25,50 Euro) includes admission to: Grand Tour of Schönbrunn Palace with audio guide, the Imperial Apartments with the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection, the Imperial Furniture Depot, and the Vienna Furniture Museum.
Find information about the imperial family Habsburg on "The World of Habsburgs"