The Vienna House of Music is a museum of sound and music that offers an interactive and unconventional way to discover the world of musical phenomena. It is located in the Palace of Archduke Charles, where Otto Nicolai, the founder of the Vienna Philharmonic, lived in the 19th century. The museum has four floors with different exhibits and installations that invite visitors to experience, explore and create music.
The Vienna House of Music is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The ticket prices are 14 euros for adults, 9 euros for students and seniors, 6 euros for children and 29 euros for families. You can buy tickets online or at the museum’s box office. You can also get a night ticket for 50% off the full price after 8 p.m.
To get to the Vienna House of Music, you can take the subway lines U1, U2 or U4 to Karlsplatz/Oper station, or the tram lines 1, 2, D, J or 62 to Kärntner Ring/Oper station. The museum is a short walk from there. You can also use the city bike system or park your car at the nearby garage.
Some tips for visiting the Vienna House of Music are:
- Plan at least two hours to enjoy all the exhibits and installations.
- Don’t miss the virtual conductor, where you can try your hand at conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and get feedback from the musicians.
- Check out the Museum of the Vienna Philharmonic on the first floor, where you can see historical documents, batons and instruments of the world-famous orchestra.
- Explore the sound stairs at the entrance, where you can play notes by stepping on them.
- Visit the Facing Mozart installation, where you can animate a Mozart portrait with your facial expressions.
- Try out the NAMADEUS game, where you can turn your name into a Mozart composition.
- Join one of the guided tours that are offered daily in different languages.
- Enjoy a concert or an event at the museum’s venue.
Some prohibitions for visiting the Vienna House of Music are:
- Do not touch or damage any exhibits or installations that are not meant to be interactive.
- Do not take photos or videos without permission from the museum staff.
- Do not bring food or drinks into the museum.
- Do not smoke or use drugs inside the museum.
- Do not disturb other visitors with loud noises or inappropriate behavior.
Some things to see at the Vienna House of Music are:
- The zookonzert, where you can see animals playing music in a virtual installation for children.
- The holograms of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven that float through the air.
- The Waltz Dice Game, where you can create your own waltz by rolling dice.
- The sound gallery, where you can listen to different sounds and noises from nature and culture.
- The future lab, where you can experiment with digital music and virtual reality.