About the Vienna Design MuseumDespite its definition as a museum of applied art, the Vienna Design Museum is absolutely the official design museum of Vienna. It is located in an impressive 19th-century building, which was once an established art school. It was built between the years 1868-1871 and today it is one of the oldest museums in Europe with top quality.
The permanent collections are displayed in various halls in the museum, each with its own style, such as the Renaissance, the Baroque or the Eastern Deco style. In the more modern design rooms, you will see works by some of the greatest designers of the 20th century.
You will also find furniture, glass art, porcelain, silver and textile items, as well as antique carpets, furniture from a variety of materials and more. These were collected from the Middle Ages to the present.
From time to time there are activities and training sessions that you can join together with children. If you like designer items, the museum's gift shop is perfect for you, even if it is not cheap.
If you are travelling with children and you want some rest, the outdoor garden will provide you with some pleasant and refreshing air for an hour or so.
Pay attention to the amazing wooden furniture by Michael Thonet, a Jewish man who invented the technique of wood bending by heat in the early 19th century and created the classic chair, which was then a breakthrough, chair number 14. Also look for Gustav Klimt's gold-plated works for the Stoclet Palais in Brussels.
TipsEntrance for young adults under the age of 19 is free.