The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, founded in 1895 and housed since 1917 in the Schönborn Garden Palace in the
Josefstadt district of Vienna, displays collections of the traditional folk culture of Austria and its neighbouring countries.
The renovation of the building in the 1980s and 1990s permitted a new conceptualization and design of the exhibits on the
ground floor. Not only does this now provide an overview over premodern folk culture, but it has also made possible a glimpse
into the unique folk art collection of the Museum.
The intent is to show people in their relation to the environment and the economy, to history and to society, as well as to
illustrate how they think about their place in the world. The selection and display, as well as the arrangement of the individual
rooms in the museum, are meant to direct the view to what lies behind the objects, and to allow visitors to reflect on the
connections between objects and life history. Folk-created objects, dating largely from the 17th to 19th centuries, speak
of everyday life and everyday needs, of vernacular architecture, of work and faith, or of poverty and rural pride.
The collections show culture as it is reflected in folk art, providing evidence of its many-sided expressions -- strange as
they may appear to us today. The aim of the new exhibition design is to question the objects themselves, to examine their
regularities and functions, and to interpret their meanings in context. At the same time, the collection illuminates the fascination
with "County and People" (Land und Leute) that shaped the manner in which the collections displayed in the museum were assembled.
In keeping with the ideas that led to the founding of the Museum, the new display emphasizes the folk art collections of the
former Austro-Hungarian Empire. In so doing, the comprehensive imagery of rural culture of the alpine and prealpine realms
that is displayed is both supplemented and completed.
The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art is for visitors and Viennese alike. It is of interest to all those who wish
an overview of Austrian folk culture, but it is also meant for those whose special interest lies in the aesthetically-crafted
How to get there
Tram routes 5 and 33 (get off at Laudongasse) 43 and 44 (Lange Gasse) Bus route 13A (Laudongasse) Handicapped Parking
Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
8,- Concessions 6,- Family-ticket 15,- Free admission: members of the Folklore Association, pubils and students until 19
In German, English and Slovak available on request
During Museum opening hours
Tuesday to Friday 9am - 4pm closed July and August
Volkskundemuseum Wien Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien