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The Weltmuseum Wien in Vienna, formerly known as the Museum of Ethnology, is home to a comprehensive collection of objects, photographs, books, and manuscripts from around the world, which together aim to help visitors to understand the similarities and differences between cultures. Visitors will be able to see the extensive permanent exhibition plus specially curated temporary exhibits.
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3 tips for visiting the Weltmuseum

Prajnaparamita. Mongolei, 18. Jahrhundert | Wiki Commons: Gryffindor CC-BY-SA 3.0
Your ticket includes more sightsWith your ticket to the World Museum you can also visit the Imperial Hunting and Armory Chamber in the Hofburg and the Musical Instrument Museum.
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Save money with the Vienna PassThe Vienna Pass includes admission to over 60 museums, including the Weltmuseum, Kunsthistorisches Museum and attractions such as Schönbrunn Palace. In addition, the yellow Hop-On Hop-Off buses of the provider Vienna Sightseeing can be used to get around Vienna!
Tuesday evening events in the museumOn Tuesdays, the Weltmuseum offers various events in the evening: the program ranges from lectures, workshops, guided tours and readings to film screenings with a variety of themes.
Javanese dance mask | Wiki Commons: Manfred Werner CC-BY-SA 3.0

Weltmuseum Vienna: modern museum for ethnology

Cultures of the world in focus

The important collection of the Vienna Ethnological Museum is based on the ethnographic holdings from the time of the Habsburg Monarchy, but also includes parts of the collection of the navigator James Cook. A total of over 3,000 ethnographic objects on display, and about 75,000 photographs and nearly 150,000 documents from all parts of the world (except Europe) in its collection make the World Museum one of the largest museums of ethnology on the planet.Centrally located on Heldenplatz and housed in the premises of the Hofburg Palace, the Weltmuseum is one of the most important museums in Vienna.

General information

opening hours

The Weltmuseum and its café are open every day except Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm. On Tuesdays, the museum and café close at 9 pm. The library is open from 10 am to 4 pm between Monday and Wednesday, and from 10 am to 6 pm on Thursdays.


Weltmuseum Wien
1010 Vienna


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Tickets for the Weltmuseum cost €16 for adults or €12 for students up to 25 years of age, senior citizens over 65, basic military or civilian servants, and unemployed or disabled guests. Admission is free for children and teens up to 18. Also, Mexican citizens enjoy free admission here. The ticket for the Vienna World Museum includes admission to the Hofburg's Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer and to the Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments in the Museum of art history Kunsthistorisches Museum.

how to get there

The Weltmuseum can be reached easily via public transport. The closest U-Bahn station is Volkstheater (served by the U2 and U3 lines), or you can take public transport to Burgring (trams D, 1, 2, 71, or bus number 57A) or Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring (46 or 49 or bus number 48A). The closest car park is at the MuseumsQuartier, as there is limited parking in the area directly surrounding the Weltmuseum.
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