Collections overview

Comprising some 150,000 objects, the Wien Museum Archaeological Collection offers insights into the culture of those societies that have inhabited the Vienna region since the 6th century B.C.

The Wien Museum owns several thousand portraits and memorabilia of Viennese personalities who attained historical significance in various fields, whether politics, art, music, theatre, science or sport.

The Topographical Collection of the Wien Museum contains graphic works, photographs, picture postcards, city maps and models that document changes in the shape of Vienna and its perception over the past 500 years.

The History and City Life Collection contains items and pictorial evidence reflecting the cultural, political, social, economic and day-to-day history of Vienna from 1500 to the present day.

The Art Collection encompasses works of Viennese art in the areas of painting, graphic arts, sculpture, architecture, applied arts and photography. The time span reaches from the 14th century to the present day.

In 1999, the Vienna City Council decided that art and cultural items that had been acquired during the Nazi era and that were considered to have been obtained by questionable means were to be returned.