Thanks for checking out this post on all things art in Vienna. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered thoroughly right here.
We will begin by diving into the best Vienna Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections Austria has to offer. Following that you will read about where to buy all of the supplies you need at some of the best art stores near you.
Local shows and events that are held throughout the year will be the topic of our next section. Art walking tours can be a great way to see a variety of styles in a short amount of time, plus we will mention where you can see some of the coolest sculptures and statues in the city.
Vienna art classes and lessons will need to get their own section and there are plenty of classes for both kids and adults that are available. Our more experienced readers may not need any lessons so we will tell you where you can find art studios for rent in your area as well.
And our final section will list the best shops for framing around town. Towards the end you can also expect to find a local art map to help you get a better feel for the area, and anyone who is interested can check out some of our other posts on Europe right here.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Vienna
In our opinion the best art galleries and museums in Vienna you can go to:
- Belvedere 21 at Arsenalstr. 1
- Museums Quartier at Museumsplatz 1/5
- Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien at Hofburg Palace
- Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien at Museumsplatz 1A
- Leopold Museum at Museumsplatz 1
- Kunst Haus Wien at Untere Weissgerberstr. 13
- Wien Museum at Felderstr. 6-8
- Schottenstift Museum at Freyung 6
- Albertina Museum at Albertinaplatz 1
- Museum of Applied Arts at Stubenring 5
- Galerie Krinzinger at Eilerstätte 16
- Gabriele Senn Galerie at Schleifmühlgasse 1A
Belvedere holds the world’s largest collections of works by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and Gustav Klimt which are among the highlights of the museum. Their collection contains over 37,000 works by world-renowned artists Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Auguste Rodi. They also provide a free public program series called Joint Ventures which includes readings, performances, concerts, film screenings, presentations, and talks. The Belvedere is open from 11am to 6pm most days but they are closed on Monday and stay open until 9pm on Thursday.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum is Austria’s largest art museum and one of the most important museums in the world with rich holdings spanning seven millennia from Ancient Egypt to the late 18th century. The primary collections of the museum are those of the Habsburgs’ formidable art collection that includes paintings by Jan van Eyck, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Antonello da Messina, Rembrandt, and others which you can check out from 10am to 6pm throughout the week and until 9pm on Thursday.
The Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig is open from 10am to 6pm every day but Monday when they are closed and houses a unique collection of over 10,000 works by artists ranging from Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol and Franz West. They provide a variety of programs like art talks and hands-on workshops as well as a regular Wednesday evening film program that provides a forum for thematic series of films and conversations about current issues in art.
With over 6,000 works the Leopold Museum has one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art in the world and the world’s most comprehensive Egon Schiele collection. Among their other highlights which are available from 10am to 6pm daily you will find major works by Richard Gerstl, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Alfred Kubin.
Kunst Haus Wien is also open from 10am to 6pm daily and it is home to the world’s only permanent exhibition of Hundertwasser’s works while you can also view regular temporary exhibitions of works by other artists.
The collections of the Wien Museum range from the 14th century to the present day. Everyone under the age of 19 is admitted for free and people of all ages are admitted for free on the first Sunday of each month. Biedermeier artists Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Rudolf von Alt, Peter Fendi, and Friedrich von Amerling are all on display from 10am to 6pm every day but Monday when they are closed.
The most valuable treasures in the Schottenstift Museum are the panels of the so-called Schotten Altar, a major work of Gothic panel painting. A panel by Peter Paul Rubens and landscape paintings by Austrian baroque painter Franz Anton Maulbertsch are also notable exhibits and they are open to the public from 11am to 5pm Thursday through Saturday.
With over 60,000 works by 5,000 artists and approximately 1 million old master prints, photographs, modern graphic works, and architectural drawings the Albertina Museum has one of the world’s largest and most important print rooms. They have a major permanent exhibition called Monet to Picasso which features works from the Batliner Collection while keeping regular hours of 10am to 6pm most days and not closing until 9pm on Wednesday and Friday.
The Museum of Applied Arts is generally open from 10am to 6pm most days but they are closed on Monday and stay open until 9pm on Tuesday housing collections of approximately 90,000 objects and printed works spanning five centuries making it one of the most important museums of its kind in the world. Admission is free for children and teenagers under the age of 19.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These great local art stores should have all of the materials and supplies you desire:
- Montana Store Vienna at Große Pfarrgasse 25/3
- Keramikbedarf Skokan at Rauchgasse 33
- Alois Ebeseder at Babenbergerstr. 3
- A Grabner at Hütteldorferstr. 257
- Gerstäcker Wien at Margaretenstr. 113
- Boesner at Unter Der Kirche 4
Montana Store sells graffiti and street art materials including over 500 different spray cans and a wide variety of pens, acrylic markers, and sketchbooks. Keramikbedarf Skokan offers pottery supplies as well as a variety of services like burnings, kiln repair and reconstruction, and they also loan out pottery devices.
Plus they can help with planning assistance, give expert advice, project support, delivery, training and assistance. For over 140 years Alois Ebeseder has been selling art supplies and materials in your area.
Custom framing is available from Grabner, while Gerstäcker and Boesner are a couple of chain stores we think many of you are already familiar with.
Shows & Events
Some of the best shows and events in Austria are held right here like:
- Art Vienna in March
- Fesch’markt Vienna in June and November
- Donaukanaltreiben in August
- Viennacontemporary in September
- Vienna Design Week in September
More than 35 Austrian and international galleries and art dealers come together to present works from across the contemporary art, modernism, and design spectrum at Art Vienna. It’s an international modern art fair inside the Hofburg Palace which takes place in March every year.
The Ottakringer Brewery in Vienna’s 16th district hosts Fesch’markt Vienna twice a year, in June and November. Over 200 independent designers and artists showcase their talents and products over the course of three days.
Donaukanaltreiben takes place only once a year in August and it is free for all to attend. The Danube Canal from Franzensbrücke to Spittelau has been transformed into a mecca for music lovers, art lovers, and connoisseurs.
Every year in September Viennacontemporary is held at the Marx Halle where around 110 galleries exhibit their latest works at Viennacontemporary and the fair attracts approximately 30,000 visitors.
Vienna Design Week is Austria’s largest design festival which is held in September throughout the city of Vienna with the main location changing each year. Through a variety of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and other events the festival highlights design projects, innovations, processes, and approaches.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or find out how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Boris Wilnitsky at Schulerstr. 7
- Aurora Art Gallery at Favoritenstr. 20
- Kunsthandel Stephan Andréewitch at Stallburggasse 2/29
- Kunsthandel Kolhammer at Plankengasse 7
Boris Wilnitsky has over 20,000 antique paintings, miniature portraits, watercolors, drawings, prints, and sculptures available for sale. At Kunsthandel Stephan Andréewitch they specialize in the sale of 19th-century Austrian paintings and is also interested in buying them.
In addition they provide restoration services. Kolhammer Kunsthandel provides personal consultation services plus they buy and sell art.
Free walking tours of the city’s street art are offered by Vienna Prime Tours. They will show you the city’s modern and historic areas as well as the city’s most important sights and 20 stunning pieces of street art in Vienna.
Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier is also one of the world’s largest districts for contemporary art and culture. Architecture, music, fine art, theater, fashion, dance, children’s culture, game culture, street art, design and photography are all represented.
You can explore this area we linked to in the best galleries near you section on your own by taking a self-guided tour.
Sculptures & Statues
These sculptures and statues in your area are wonderful spots for selfies and photos:
- Mozart Monument at Josefsplatz 1
- Hill Arches 1973 at Karlsplatz 10
- 4 Lemurenköpfe at Stubenbrücke
- Macht zur See at Reitschulgasse 6
- Vienna Pestsäule at Graben 28
- Johann Strauss Monument at Am Stadtpark
Karl König and Viktor Tilgner created the Mozart Monument which was installed in Burggarten Park in 1953. Hill Arches 1973 was designed by Henry Moore and is located in Vienna’s Karlsplatz directly in front of the Karlskirche.
In 2001 Franz West installed 4 Lemurenköpfe on the pylons of the Stubenbrücke, a connection between Weiskirchnerstrasse and Landstrasse Hauptstrasse. The fountain Macht zur See is located on the facade of the Hofburg’s Michaelertrakt on Michaelerplatz, on the opposite side of the fountain Macht zu Lande.
It was built in 1893 by sculptor Rudolf Weyr and unveiled in 1895. Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Matthias Rauchmiller created the Vienna Pestsäule around 1690.
The sculpture is located in the pedestrianized Graben, which connects Stephansdom Cathedral to the east side of the Hofburg palace complex. Edmund Hellmer designed the Johann Strauss Monument which was completed in 1921. The statue is located in the southern half of Stadtpark (City Park) and is difficult to miss.
Vienna Art Classes
At the best Vienna art schools you can usually take private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, and adults:
- Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien at Schillerplatz 3
- The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art at Döblergasse 2
- May Fine Art Studio at Aegidigasse 3/1
- Zeichenfabrik at Flachgasse 35
- Apollo Art Atelier Margreiter at Apollogasse 7
- Art Studio Schneider Wien at Brambillagasse 3
The Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien has eight study programs to choose from and offers scholarships for qualified students. Every year at the end of January the Academy of Fine Arts invites visitors to the Open Days of the collections, classes, and studios to become acquainted with the university’s operations and gain insight into ongoing work processes.
In its one to three-year diploma programs the Academy of Visionary Art only accepts up to twenty students per year. They also provide shorter studies such as a single trimester and a half trimester, as well as a 10 day spring and 3 week summer course.
May Fine Art Studio offers drawing and painting classes in a small group setting for children, youth, and adults with an individual approach and learning at your own pace. They also provide private courses and workshops on an as-needed basis throughout the year including holidays and summer vacation.
Zeichenfabrik provides art lessons, individual workshops, and custom workshops for travel groups, bachelor parties, birthday parties, and intensive seminars for people of all ages and skill levels. Individual lessons, supervised painting in the artist’s studio, and workshops are available to children, youth, and adults at Apollo Art Atelier Margreiter and lessons can be done in English.
Studios For Rent Near You
Those of you who are ready to start a big project can try to rent a local art studio like:
- Markhof at Markhofgasse 19
- Atelier 10 at Puchsbaumgasse 1C
- Atelier at Quellenstrasse 149
- Atelier Tigergasse at Tigergasse 14/2
- Arbeitsplatz Wien at Siegfriedgasse 23
A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Vienna are:
- Frameshore at Theobaldgasse 14
- Pass Partout Bilderrahmen Wien Gregor Eder at Hofmühlgasse 14
- Rahmenwerkstatt Thomas Eder at Döblinger Hauptstr. 43
- Wohlleb Rahmen at Dreherstr. 13
- Wohlleb & Wohlleb Gesellschaft mbH at Seidlgasse 23
Frameshore offers all picture frame-related services in your area including canvas stretching, mirror production, and just about anything else you might need. Pass Partout Bilderrahmen Wien Gregor Eder carries over 6,000 mirror and picture frame models as well as around 300 passe partouts. They also restore paintings, frames, and objects.
Over 3,000 different frame strips and 300 passe partouts are available at Thomas Eder’s Rahmenwerkstatt. For over 135 years Wohlleb & Wohlleb Gesellschaft mbH has been the leading specialist store in Vienna for everything related to frames and pictures.
A Grabner from the art supply list can also help with framing. In the past we have also discussed:
- The Best Art Museums In Budapest
- The Best Art Museums In Prague
- The Best Art Museums In Munich
- The Best Art Museums In Berlin
Have Fun Enjoying The Vienna Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art as much as we do. Feel free to share your own local tips in the comments at the end of the post, and don’t be afraid to let us know if we got something wrong either.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Vienna!