Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier is a neat collection of museums such as Architecture Center Vienna, The Kunsthalle Wien (contemporary art), mumok (modern art) and the beautiful Leopold Museum collection.
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Spread over 90,000m2 in central Vienna and encompassing 60 cultural institutions, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the largest districts for contemporary art and culture in the world. Nothing is off limits at the MuseumsQuartier. Historic architecture meets contemporary design. High culture meets subcultures. The spectrum ranges from fine art, architecture, music, fashion, theater, dance, literature, children’s culture, game culture, and street art to design and photography.

New ideas grow from historical foundations. Built in the early eighteenth century as Vienna’s imperial stables and expanded through the addition of modern buildings when the MuseumsQuartier was created, the mix of baroque and contemporary architecture symbolizes the distinctive character of the complex. Today the MuseumsQuartier is a platform for cutting-edge artistic creation, new discourses, and the exchange of ideas.

Cultural workers, creative entrepreneurs, artists, the Viennese public, visitors from all over the world: the MuseumsQuartier is used by a whole host of different people. They all make the MuseumsQuartier what it is today – a pulsating, cosmopolitan, and forward-looking cultural district with a feel-good factor.

The MuseumsQuartier is a place of encounter. The site is open around the clock and entry is free; there are no gates and no barriers. The world-famous MQ furniture in the courtyards invites visitors to hang out, relax, and chat. And the many cafés and restaurants offer a wide range of culinary options.

This means that the MQ creates opportunities for dialogue between the Viennese public, international guests, artists, and many others. The people who come together here create a climate of cosmopolitanism and creativity. The MuseumsQuartier Wien is an art space, a creative space, and a living space.

Today’s MuseumsQuartier looks back over a dynamic history in which architecture has always played an important role. The combination of historic buildings and contemporary museum architecture has created a one-of-a-kind ensemble.

The MuseumsQuartier was built in the eighteenth century as Vienna’s imperial stables and was designed by the famous Austrian architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Together with the Hofburg Palace, the New Hofburg Palace, and the Museums of Art and Natural History, the stable complex was originally intended to form one end of the so-called “Kaiserforum,” planned as a complete urban ensemble. The main frontage, a baroque façade 400m in length, was completed in 1725. Between 1850 and 1854, the Winter Riding Hall in classical style was added in what is now the MQ Main Courtyard.

Last Updated: 2 September, 2019
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