Museum of Fine Arts

Unique Experiences

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and supermodel Kate Moss at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Tom Cruise at the Belvedere, Sharon Stone, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Albertina, and Madonna and Yoko Ono at the Leopold Museum. They’ve all taken exclusive guided tours of the collections on display at some of Vienna’s best-known museums. But this special privilege isn’t just reserved for A-listers – special offers make it possible.

Over the past quarter of a millennium, a layer of patina has given Leopold Mozart’s violin a blackish tinge. Every now and again, a top musician takes this priceless instrument out if its display cabinet and the sweet melody of a sonata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – the son of the violin’s former owner – soon fills the air in the marble hall, home to the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. A tiny audience listens in – even though the museum has long since closed for the night. This unforgettable performance is part of the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s Unique Museum Experiences package that gives visitors the chance to view the museum’s collections at their leisure.

Visitors can discover other dazzling exhibits including the breathtaking crowns on display in the Imperial Treasuries and Cellini’s world-famous Saliera salt cellar in the Kunstkammer  during a night tour, browse the museum’s vaults in the company of a curator, watch a restorer at work or admire works by Rembrandt and Bruegel as part of an early-morning stroll around the picture gallery. And to round off your personal tour, there’s the option of a stylish dinner served in the museum’s unique surroundings.

Bergl rooms at Schönbrunn Palace

You can also get away from the crowds at Schönbrunn Palace and soak up the imperial splendor without the hustle and bustle. Only 40 of the 1,441 rooms at the former Habsburg summer residence are accessible to the public. And gems such as the Bergl rooms – which served as Maria Theresa’s private apartments – are only open to groups by prior appointment. The rooms were designed by artist Johann Baptist Wenzel Bergl in the 1770s and feature a kaleidoscope of wall paintings with exotic images of palm trees, orchids, peacocks and flamingos. Next door, Crown Prince Rudolf’s apartments were also decorated by artists from Bergl’s workshop, and can be viewed by appointment only.

Schönbrunn Zoo right up close

There are also backstage tours at the Schönbrunn Zoo. Guided tours of the Aquarium-Terrarium House, the Polarium or the Rainforest House offer a glimpse behind the scenes. Those who would rather just visit the animals and maybe even feed them are well-advised to use the Adventure Ticket. With this, a maximum of two people, accompanied by an employee, can pay a visit to lemurs, giant turtles, penguins, rhinoceroses, koalas or elephants. But there is a waiting time of up to a year for some animals.

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • 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. Free admission for blind and visually impaired visitors with one escort.

Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • 01 April to 30 June
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 01 July to 31 August
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • 01 September to 31 October
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 01 November to 31 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.

       

Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunner Schlosspark; Eingang über Hietzinger Tor/Hietzinger Hauptstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • January
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • February
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • March
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • April to September
      Daily 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • October to the end of October
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • November to December
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Elisabethallee, entrance Tirolerhof
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on request.

    • Comments

      Access to buildings and enclosures without steps or via ramp.

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