House of Music
The House of Music (Haus der Musik) is an interactive sound museum located in a historical palace in the Old Town of Vienna. In the 19th century, it was home to its founder, German composer Otto Nicolai, who composed his opera Merry Wives of Windsor there and also established the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The first floor houses a historical archive displaying, for example, the decree of establishment of the Vienna Philharmonic, the programme of the first philharmonic concert of 1842 and the batons of some famous conductors. The second floor is dedicated to experiencing sound phenomena using interactive exhibits. The third floor displays a collection of personal items, costumes, historic documents and other items that belonged to famous composers that were connected with Vienna, such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. The fourth floor houses a multimedia installation called the “Virtostage”. Here, visitors can try to virtually conduct a 15-minute opera using a video projection that was recorded by the members of the Vienna Philharmonic. The museum has a unique glass roof where visitors can refresh themselves in the self-service café “Nicolai”. The House of Music does not have its own car park.
Useful information for visitors
Public transport connections
The closest public transport stops near the House of Music:
- Karlsplatz metro station (U1, U2)
- Stephansplatz metro station (U3)
- Stadtpark metro station (U4)
- Station Karlsplatz/Oper tram stop
- Station Schwarzenbergplatz tram stop
- Station Karlsplatz/Oper Badner Bahn stop
Opening hours and admission
For up-to-date information about the admission fees and opening hours of the House of Music, visit the official website. “Imperial Classic Orchestra” classical music concerts are regularly held in the House of Music. For information about dates and tickets, click here. For information about other music events in the House of Music, go here.
Interesting facts about House of Music
In addition to the interactive exhibition, the House of Music in Vienna also offers live concerts, interviews with artists and programme for children. The museum also holds music festivals.