CATCH THE SOUND.
Haus der Musik invites you to a discovery trip into the world of music.
HAUS DER MUSIK is an interactive discovery museum located in the heart of Vienna's first district nestled between St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. A host of interactive installations playfully communicate openness to new things, understanding and enthusiasm in approaching music HAUS DER MUSIK was awarded the Austrian Museum Prize for its innovative design and is located in the former Palais of Archduke Charles. You will find all 67 of its new inventions here. A total of 5,000 square meters has been set aside exclusively for areas dedicated to a wide array of approaches to music, and most of all, to the experience of music.
At one time the former Palais of Archduke Charles, today's HAUS DER MUSIK was also the residence of Otto Nicolai (1810 - 1849), who composed the opera "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and founded the Vienna Philharmonic concerts here. On the "Beletage" first floor, the only historically preserved rooms in the house, the Vienna Philharmonic present original documents from their history.
Ever since it opened its doors to visitors on June 15, 2000, HAUS DER MUSIK has been open to the public 365 days a year, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visitors are often amazed at just what surprises Vienna, the citadel of music with centuries of tradition, holds in store and how HAUS DER MUSIK bridges the gap between Vienna's rich musical heritage and its bright musical future.
After it opened its doors to the public, Maestro Zubin Mehta assumed HAUS DER MUSIK's honorary chairmanship. What inspired him to do so was the cheerful and direct presentation of the musical material that brings people with a wide range of music tastes together, gets them talking, grabs their interest and counteracts any preconceived notions associated with encountering music from an intellectual and musicological point of view.
As per January 2005 HAUS DER MUSIK is owned by Wien Holding.
Video: Haus der Musik (Tobias Hermeling)