Museum of Fine Arts
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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.

Undisturbed insights into Vienna's museums

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.

Other museums also offer exclusive guided tours outside regular opening hours. An evening tour through the current exhibition at the Albertina can end with sparkling wine and rolls. The Belvedere also opens its doors for guided tours in the evening and allows visitors to experience Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" and other prominent works undisturbed.

The imperial living quarters of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth can be explored on an evening tour of the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments in the Imperial Palace. A visit to Schönbrunn Palace is also possible after regular opening hours. You can stroll through the unique palace on the evening tours without any pressure of time or other members of the public.

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 City 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. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202)
      Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

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Albertina

Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2,40€ off
  • Opening times

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

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   190  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 260 cm wide and 270 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540). Guided tours in sign language available (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Guided tours for blind people available as well as for people with slight to moderate dementia and their escorts (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Please inform Art Mediation department about wheelchair uses in advance. Reduced admission for persons with special needs

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms, to the restaurant / café and to the Shop: no steps. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible.

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on levels 1 and -1, restroom on level 1: door width: 90cm, room dimensions: 180 x 110 cm.

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Belvedere

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27 , 1030 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Upper Belvedere daily, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Lower Belvedere & Orangerie daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Upper Belvedere Fr, 09:00 - 21:00
    • Lower Belvedere & Orangerie Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Parking space for visitors with disabilities in front of the entrance at Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, Parking: 10 am – 6 pm
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Reduced admission for persons with disabilities and their escorts. Tours in Austrian sign language, "seeing differently" (tactile tours) for the blind and visually impaired in groups are possible in the Upper and Lower Belvedere. The following topics can be booked at all times:
      • A palace to touch – the new touching model of the Upper Belvedere
      • Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and his time
      • Gustav Klimt’s main work “The Kiss”

    • Comments

      People with visual impairments can be collected from the nearest tram station. Please provide information on this when making arrangement. Trained seeing-eye dogs (with ID) may be taken into all areas of the collection. A wheelchair is available at the cloakroom for visitors who have difficulty walking. Some seating is also available in the exhibition rooms or will be provided during the tours.

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Imperial Apartments (Kaiserappartements)

Hofburg, 1010 Wien
  • Comments

    • Entrance via Kaisertor

  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • September to June
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • July to August
      Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Guided tour for children Sa - Su, 10:30 - 14:30
    • Guided tour for children on holidays, 10:30 - 14:30
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
      • 135 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to the exhibition rooms: elevator to the 2nd floor, access to restaurant / café: 1 step.

      Number of steps (Imperial Apartments): 72

       

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Sisi Museum

Michaelerplatz, 1010 Wien
  • Comments

    • Entrance via Kaisertor

  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • September to June
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • July to August
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
      • 114 cm wide and 104 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to the exhibition rooms: elevator to the 2nd floor, access to restaurant / café: 1 step.

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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.

      Visitors' center in the Gardetrakt by the main gate, access without stairs, door width: approx. 144 cm, exit with wheelchair lift – platform 110/140 cm, door width: 90 cm in the corridor area and 94 cm to the outdoors, 1 wheelchair-accessible restroom.

       

       

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Schönbrunn Zoo Entrance via Hietzinger Tor/Hietzinger Hauptstraße

Schönbrunner Schlosspark, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • January daily, 09:00 - 16:30
    • February daily, 09:00 - 17:00
    • March daily, 09:00 - 17:30
    • April-September daily, 09:00 - 18:30
    • October daily, 09:00 - 17:30
    • November-December daily, 09:00 - 16:30
  • 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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