Plunge into Viennese (and international) art at the MuseumsQuartier

Vienna's MuseumsQuartier (often abbreviated to MQ) is a vast 90,000 square metre complex opened in 2001 in the city's former imperial stables. In all, the area brings together 70 cultural establishments! The most famous museums in the MQ are the Leopold Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) and the Vienna Kunsthalle. Other establishments are also worth a visit, including the Museum of Architecture, the Kindermuseum and the Tanzquartier Wien. Of course, you won't be able to do everything in one day, but it would be a shame to miss out on this district during a stay in Vienna. If you're in a hurry, you can choose one of the three main museums, while others can take the time to visit several and choose their favourite... We've found ours!

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1. The Museum of Modern Art (Mumok)

For a change from so-called classical art, we recommend at least a visit to Mumok, Vienna's Museum of Modern Art, which focuses on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Housed in a modern basalt lava building, the museum owes part of its collection to a long-term loan from the Ludwig Foundation, which has donated 10,000 pieces.

Vienna Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK).

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Famous works byAndy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Günter Brus, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono and Gerhard Richter are on show. The exhibition is spread over several levels and covers a wide range of art movements, including Pop Art, photorealism,Viennese activism and modernism.

Vienna Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK).

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Practical info

⏰ Mumok opening times

The Mumok is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It is also open on Mondays during the Easter holidays.

👛 Mumok prices

  • Full price: €15
  • Over 65s: €11.50
  • Students under 27: €11.50
  • Under 19s: free

👉 To find out all the prices and book your ticket online, visit the Mumok website.

2. The Leopold Museum

The Leopold Museum houses a private collection ofmodern Austrian art comprising 5,000 works from the 19th and 20th centuries, mainly paintings and drawings from the personal collection of Dr Rudolf Leopold, purchased by the Austrian government in 1994.

The Leopold Museum in Vienna.

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It's the most visited museum in the MuseumsQuartier, and with good reason! It boasts the world's largest collection of works byEgon Schiele, as well as some of the masterpieces of the founder of the Viennese Secession, Gustave Klimt. During your visit, you'll wander between the pillars ofViennese Art Nouveau, the Wiener Werkstätte andExpressionism.

The Leopold Museum in Vienna.

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Practical info

⏰ Timetable of the Leopold Museum

The Leopold Museum is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm. It is open every day in June, July and August.

👛 Prices of the Leopold Museum

  • Full price: €15
  • Over 65s: €11
  • Under 26s: €11
  • Under-19s: €2.50
  • Under 7s: free

👉 To find out all the prices and book your ticket online, visit the Leopold Museum website.

3. Kunsthalle Vienna

Fans ofcontemporary art won't want to miss the Kunsthalle Vienna in the MuseumsQuartier! Contemporary art is on display in all its forms at this establishment, which aims to encourage visitors to reflect on the works it exhibits.

La Kunsthalle de Vienne.

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Temporary exhibitions, each more innovative than the last, take place in this former baroque riding school, creating a magnificently successful fusion between the city's past, present and future. A flexible and experimental branch of Vienna's Kunsthalle is also located at Karlsplatz.

Practical info

⏰ Kunsthalle Vienna opening times

The Kunsthalle Vienna is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm, with a late night until 9pm on Thursdays.

👛 Prices of the Kunsthalle Vienna

  • Full price: €8
  • Over 65s: €6
  • Students: €3
  • Under 19s: free

👉 To find out all the prices and the exhibition programme, visit the Kunsthalle Vienna website.

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Where to eat in the MuseumsQuartier?

Visiting all those museums is exhausting! So we went to Café Central, 10 minutes from the MuseumsQuartier, a veritable institution in Vienna. Built in 1876 in the neo-Renaissance style, the restaurant is sublime with its majestic columns and imperial chandeliers.

Its reputation is well established, havingplayed host to the likes of Trotsky and Lenin. It serves typical Viennese dishes such as schnitzel, goulash, dumplings and delicious pastries.

The legendary Café Central.

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