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November 25 - December 19, 2014 | Exhibition | A different view of Vienna

  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court Northwest Washington, D.C., DC, 20008 United States (map)

A different view of Vienna

Yes, as Austrians we are proud of the fact that our country is known as a land of culture! And we, the people of Vienna, residents of our beautiful capital, are particularly proud of the international reputation of Vienna as the “city of culture and museums”.1 Besides the great temples of art such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Belvedere or the Albertina Museum, Vienna offers a number of specialties, which hardly anyone knows - not even most of the Viennese themselves. At least this was my own experience. I knew about the so-called “Long Night of the Museums” (incidentally, a really terrific event), but somehow I never had time. I made up my mind over and over again to visit in my spare time, on a quiet afternoon, one of the really small museums – but, alas, it never came. And when friends came from abroad to visit, I took them automatically to the great museums. Please do not get me wrong - as a true Viennese I do love you “my” Kunsthistorisches Museum! Each person in the whole world should have the opportunity to admire this magnificent museum, its collections and architecture! But the next time friends come to visit, we are going to go to one of the small museums, as a “goodie” so to speak…

Now my fellow Viennese, please be honest: Who among us knows the world’s largest collection of magic boxes or the unique museum of the Mekhitarist Congregation, the Imperial Hat Museum or the Circus and Clown Museum? Yes, all of this can be found in Vienna! Dear “non-Austrian” friends: Have your hosts granted you the deep insight into the Viennese soul of by explaining to you what the Viennese mean by a “beautiful funeral”? Please drop by the Funeral Museum - and no, it is not a ghastly experience, do not worry! And if you still have a bit of time, go to see the Old Viennese Distillery Museum and take a shot of Schnaps afterwards.

Let me offer you these photo collages as an opportunity to throw an unconventional look at some hidden and unknown treasures of Vienna. They show you a selection of museums off the beaten tourist track and queues. They give you an exciting perspective of the history of the city and the country. The curiosities and wonders they contain will hopefully inspire you for a visit. In the course of preparing these exhibits I got to know the people who maintain with great personal commitment, often in their spare time and sometimes with their own funds, these museums and collections. To all of them I should like to express my thanks - I had the opportunity to wonder a lot, laugh and learn! My special thanks go to Dr. Wilfried Seipel, who inspired me to put this project into reality. Vienna is not just the place fort the typical Viennese coffee house; it also has a “Museum of Coffee House Culture”. Vienna is known for the “Third Man”, but it also houses the “Third Man Museum”. And even before the international success of the film “The Forgers”, Vienna has had the “Forgers`Museum “....

When: Opening on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 7:30 pm
The Exhibition will be open from November 26 - December 19, 2014 (closed November 27 and December 8)
Mon - Thu: 9:30 am - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: FREE | For opening please register at