House of Music

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The House of Music in Vienna's old town, 1., Seilerstätte 30

The House of Music is a sound museum in Vienna . It was opened in 2000 and has been owned by the city via Wien Holding since 2005 . It is located in the historic old town in the Palais Archduke Carl on Seilerstätte. Interactive and multimedia forms of presentation will introduce you to the world of music on an area of ​​5,000 m² - from the beginnings of human sound production to contemporary music. Four Austrian universities, two foreign university institutes, a team of musicians and musicologists , artists from the multimedia and other fields, sound engineers, architects and students were involved in the development.

The House of Music was awarded the Austrian Museum Prize for its innovative concept . Simon K. Posch has been the managing director since 2003, and the conductor Zubin Mehta is the honorary president .


Mirel Wagner , concert as part of Waves Vienna 2014 in the attic
Maïa Barouh , Waves Vienna 2015

Various events and events take place regularly in the Haus der Musik , e.g. B.

  • Children's concerts with Marko Simsa and Bernhard Fibich , musicals for children with Gernot Kranner and many other artists
  • the Summa cum Laude Youth Music Festival for children and youth ensembles from all over the world
  • the annual spring festival "Sinnesrauschen" with guests especially from the indie / alternative scene
  • the concert series “Live On Stage” with artists from the indie / alternative scene, in cooperation with the Vienna Songwriting Association

The events take place in the concert hall on the top floor and in the glass-roofed inner courtyard.


The House of Music is housed in the historic Archduke Carl's palace. The imperial casting house stood here in the 16th century, after which it took over the disposition office for many years. This later moved to Dorotheergasse , where it became the “ Dorotheum ”, an institution that is as traditionally Viennese as it is world-famous.

One of the most popular Habsburgs, the general Archduke Karl von Österreich-Teschen (spelling at the time: Carl, 1771–1847), acquired the building at the beginning of the 19th century, had it converted into a palace and moved into it in 1805. In 1809 he won in the battle of Aspern over Napoleon I. Karl's wife was Princess Henriette Alexandrine von Nassau-Weilburg , who had the first Christmas tree erected here in Vienna in 1816.

In 1842 Otto Nicolai moved in , who was the first conductor at the court opera and prepared a cycle of orchestral concerts here. This gave rise to the “Philharmonic Concerts”, making Nicolai the founder of the Vienna Philharmonic . That is why the Vienna Philharmonic Museum was set up on the first floor as part of the House of Music.

In 2000, Stefan Seigner, who was André Heller's manager until 2003 , opened the House of Music. In 2005 Seigner's own holding company took over the Haus der Musik Betriebsgesellschaft mbH.



Events take place all year round in the glass-roofed inner courtyard. At the entrance right next to the cash register, the “dancing vases”, an art object from Italy, are set up in the stairwell. The hanging sound installation is intended to refer back to music as the original impulse of every culture and is at the same time an innovative technical structure in which the glass plates serve as a sound body. In addition, works by Johannes Deutsch lead down the stairs to the historic state rooms on the first floor.

1st floor: Museum of the Vienna Philharmonic

The Vienna Philharmonic Museum can be found on the first floor. The composer and conductor Otto Nicolai (1810–1849) lived here when he founded this famous orchestra. In the imaginary concert hall, excerpts from the New Year's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic and the Summer Night Concert can be seen. In the historic hall of mirrors, the orchestra's past and present is shown through concert tours, honors, baton of famous conductors and souvenirs. An interactive waltz dice game turns every visitor into a composer in 3/4 time. A personal Viennese waltz is formed from eight random melodies. A total of 1,679,616 options are available here.

2nd floor: Sonosphere


On the second floor, visitors can experiment with sounds and music at various terminals . An attempt is made to create an individual listening awareness in differently designed rooms. These include the prenatal sensory noise, the auditory pathway, the perception laboratory, instruments, sea of ​​voices, polyphonium and the sound gallery.

3rd floor: the great masters

The third floor is dedicated to the history of music with a selection of composers working in Vienna. Information boards, pictures, personal items, instruments, valuable originals and contemporary documents enable personal access to the composers. Audio guides provide the tour with additional historical background information on the great masters of classical music.

A whole room is allocated to the following composers: Joseph Haydn , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Ludwig van Beethoven , Franz Schubert , Johann Strauss (son) , Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schönberg , Alban Berg and Anton Webern as representatives of the Second Vienna School.

In the Mozart Room there is "NAMADEUS", an interactive computer program that was modeled on Mozart's musical game KV 516f. This allows every visitor to convert their name into an original Mozart interpretation. This game was developed by Mozart in 1787, which sets the alphabet to music.

The “virtual conductor” can also be found on the third floor. Here the visitor selects a piece of music, picks up the (radio) baton and can conduct the Vienna Philharmonic.

4th floor: virto | stage

virto | stage

The virto | stage is a virtual stage that is modeled on an opera house. Different plays are offered on two stages, with visitors themselves becoming the director. The zeitperlen virto | stage was designed by Johannes Deutsch and combines music, song and imagery. Movement of the body influences the music and the stage design, which should create an individual opera. Especially for children there is the zoo concert virto | stage , which is based on Marko Simsa's children's book and offers a fairy tale to join in.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The House of Music Vienna. In: Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper , August 13, 2011
  2. ↑ A journey of discovery into the world of music. In: KURIER March 22, 2013, page T4
  3. Visual music experiments. In: Crescendo. December 2012 / January 2013, pp. 70/71

Coordinates: 48 ° 12 ′ 15 ″  N , 16 ° 22 ′ 24 ″  E