Corona in Vienna:
A Collection Project on the History of the City

How will future generations know what the Corona crisis meant for Vienna? Digital formats come and go – objects remain.

On 25 March 2020, the Wien Museum launched an appeal to collect and asked for references to objects that tell of the changed private or professional lives in the times of Corona. In a first step, digital photos of the objects were collected. Of the more than 2,000 entries, a large selection can be seen here on the website.

After the gradual lifting of the lockdown, the second phase is now commencing, in which selected objects are incorporated into the collection of the City of Vienna, is administered by the Wien Museum. A team of curators led by Martina Nußbaumer reviews the objects according to the following criteria, among others: Does the object have a concrete reference to Vienna? Does it tell a representative and socially relevant story about the Corona crisis? Can its material properties be permanently preserved?

At the same time, the personal stories that the  owners relate about their objects are also documented.

Finally, the selected objects are stored in the museum's depot and thus secured for posterity as well as future exhibitions, publications, and research. "Corona in Vienna" will also be documented in the new permanent exhibition on Vienna’s history in the renovated and expanded Wien Museum on Karlsplatz

Furthermore, there is the ongoing possibility to send photos of your "Corona objects" to wien2020(at) Please, conveywhat these things mean for you. (By sending the photos to us, you give your consent for the publication of the images by the Wien Museum).


You can see a selection of the submitted photos here: