Crystal luster at Lobmeyr’s

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Vienna 2023: Anniversaries, exhibitions, and exciting activities

Vienna's museums are focused entirely on the anniversary of the World's Fair in 2023. It all kicks off on May 2, 2023, at the Vienna Museum of Technology (TMW). The special exhibition "Women at Work – 150 Years of the Women's Pavilion of the Vienna World's Fair" deals with a special aspect of the Vienna World's Fair: The "Women's Pavilion" focused on female worlds of work for the first time at a World's Fair. The pavilion presented professional fields for women that came about during the rapid industrialization that took place during the 19th century. The Women's Pavilion meant pioneering work in making female worlds of work visible to all, something that was also taken up by later World's Fairs.

Technisches Museum Wien Exterior
© TMW

MAK: Orientalism and glittering worlds of luxury

Sparkling and glittering are the order of the day from June 7, 2023, at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. J. & L. Lobmeyr, the Viennese traditional manufactory for elegant crystal glass and special chandeliers, was part of the Vienna World's Fair in 1873 and the company simultaneously celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2023. An exhibition, in which shimmering worlds of luxury await in the form of fantastic Viennese handicrafts.

© MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen

Also starting at the MAK on June 21, 2023, is another special exhibition on the 1873 Vienna World's Fair. It focuses on the trend towards the Orientalism of the 19th century, which inspired the World's Fair. It promises exotic worlds and a design vocabulary that was unknown at the time and heavily inspired the western world.

Weltmuseum Wien: Austro-Japanese friendship

The Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna) is also in the spirit of the World’s Fair: here you will find two halls featuring a special focus on the World’s Fair. They are dedicated to the opening of Japan and the “Orient” to Europe – because the Vienna World's Fair was a premier at which Japan, along with Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, the Ottoman Empire and Persia presented themselves in depth to the world for the very first time.

Mezzanin
© KHM-Museumsverband

Wien Museum: Major re-opening

A major re-opening is on the program in December 2023: The Wien Museum is opening its doors again after several years of remodeling and expansion, and will become an important place of encounter on Karlsplatz. The present-day collection of the Wien Museum was initiated in advance of the Vienna World's Fair.

Prater: Revival of the rotunda tradition

The new Prater attraction Panorama Vienna provides a big visual spectacle and a whole bunch of goosebumps from spring 2023. A completely new concept for the Prater, which will show gigantic art formats in the form of giant, analog, 360-degree panoramas. Currently being constructed for this is a circular structure with a height of 32 meters and a circumference of about 100 meters, on whose interior the outsize panoramic artworks will be seen. Panorama Vienna is all about the tradition of rotundas in the Prater: Rotundas were round buildings, inside which spectacles for the masses were offered. The largest of all rotundas was the World's Fair rotunda of 1873 – at the time the largest domed structure in the world, which went up in flames in 1937. 2023 therefore also marks the revival of this Prater tradition.

Dining and crystal clear water

There will also be much to celebrate for Viennese gastronomy in 2023: Café Landtmann, one of Vienna's best-known coffee houses, opened in 1873 and continues to welcome visitors from around the world. For the Imperial and Royal Court Confectioner Gerstner, 1873 was also a big year: The company provided the catering in the Emperor's Pavilion at the Vienna World's Fair and receive the coveted title of Imperial and Royal Court Purveyor.

Coffeehouse
© WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Inseparably linked with Viennese hospitality is the fantastic Viennese high spring water, which has flowed down from the Alps to Vienna since 1873 and will be celebrated in grand style in 2023: Firstly, on June 16, when the Vienna Water Festival is held at the historic Favoriten water tower. Secondly, on October 24, 2023, the opening day of the high spring pipeline, when the new anniversary fountain will be unveiled. The fountain is being designed by Gelatin, an internationally renowned group of Austrian artists. In a special place: The anniversary fountain will be installed in the Sonnwendviertel, one of the most important and spectacular urban development projects in Vienna of the 3rd millennium.

Vienna's water tower Favoriten
© Wiener Wasser / Spacecam und Wiener Wasser / Daniel Novotny

Luxury shopping à la 1873

In 2023, Vienna will also be about exquisite shopping in the form of famous Viennese handicrafts. Not only is the elegant store of J. & L. Lobmeyr on Kärntner Strasse directly connected to the World's Fair and waiting to be discovered. The jewelers A. E. Köchert Juweliere, who were also part of the World's Fair and relocated to the present location on Neuer Markt in 1873, continue to offer worlds of luxury like in those days. Just like the bespoke shoemaker Scheer and the silversmiths Jarosinski & Vaugoin, as well as Bösendorfer pianos, all of which exhibited at the World's Fair and still offer their special products in Vienna today.

Crystal luster at Lobmeyr’s
© WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud

Meeting destination Vienna

And Meeting Destination Vienna is also in the spirit of the World's Fair and its impact on the world: Such as in the form of the World Soybean Research Conference, which will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) from June 18, 2023. Because the Vienna World's Fair spurred on the spread of the soybean around the world. At the time, the special plant was brought to Vienna by the Japanese World's Fair delegation. For this reason, there is a focus on the topic of the soybean at the Austrian Folklore Museum in 2023.

Vienna Museum of Technology (Technisches Museum Wien)

Mariahilfer Straße 212
1140 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -20%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 14€

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 18:00
    • We, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors160 cm wide)
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • Door 88 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Free admission to the museum for visitors with special needs.
 Rental wheelchairs available, special tours for people with disabilities and special needs, tours for visitors with special needs on request, translator for the hearing-impaired available on request (Reservations: Tel. +43 1 899 98–3001).

    • Comments

      All rooms accessible with special wheelchair elevators (ask museum staff for assistance).

MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Stubenring 5
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -20%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 15€ / additionally 5% off at MAK Design Shop

  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 21:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Open on public holidays (also on Mondays)

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance

      • Ramp, with a wheelchair-accessible elevator to the ticket office
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Elevator to the exhibition rooms.

Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna)

Hofburg, Heldenplatz
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -6%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 16€

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors)
        accessible by platform lift.
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • Door 92 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired provided upon request.

    • Comments

      Automatic gate (width: 130 cm) operated with "Euro-Key". Elevator to the special exhibition areas on the first floor as well as to the exhibition areas on the mezzanine.
      The event area is also wheelchair-accessible on request and accompanied by a staff member (contact via intercom at the entrance to the WMW-Forum and at the ticket counter).
      Both the cook café & bistro and the shopping are in the hall of columns can be accessed without steps by means of an elevator.
      Wheelchair-accessible restroom on the upper first floor and mezzanine.

Café Landtmann

Universitätsring 4
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -20%

      Additional information on the offer: 20% discount on consumption per cardholder (food and drinks), redeemable once only

  • Opening times

    • Mo - Su, 07:30 - 23:00
    • Piano music Su, Mo, Tu 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm (summer: only Mo, Tu)

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors120 cm wide)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.

Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker Shop · Bar · Café-Restaurant

Kärntner Straße 51
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Shop & Bar daily, 10:00 - 23:00
    • Café-Restaurant daily, 11:00 - 17:00

Water Tower in Favoriten

Windtenstrasse 3
1100 Vienna

J. & L. Lobmeyr

Kärntner Straße 26
1010 Vienna

A.E. Köchert

Neuer Markt 15
1010 Vienna

Jarosinski & Vaugoin

Zieglergasse 24
1070 Vienna

Scheer

Bräunerstraße 4
1010 Vienna

Bösendorfer Salon

Bösendorferstraße 12/Canovagasse 4
1010 Vienna

Austria Center Vienna

Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
1220 Vienna

Folklore Museum Vienna (Volkskundemuseum Wien)

Laudongasse 15-19
1080 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -25%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 8€

  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 17:00
    • We, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 20:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 17:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors180 cm wide)
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Special tours for visually impaired visitors.

    • Comments

      Access to permanent exhibition area and café: no steps, freight elevator to special exhibition rooms (assistance necessary).

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