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Leopold Museum

Museumsquartier Wien
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna

U2 Museumsquartier
U3 Volkstheater

Daily except Tuesdays from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursdays from 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays
June, July, August:
Open daily!

EUR 13,- Adults
EUR 9,50 Senior citizens
(60 years and more)
Free entry: Children
(up to the age of 7)
EUR 8,- Reductions with ID

(of 10 or more)
EUR 10,- Adults
EUR 2,50 School classes
EUR 5,- School classes
with guided tour
EUR 6,50 Students

Audio Guides: German, English, Italian, French

Guided Tours: All Languages


One can hardly think of another museum in which the passion for collecting is manifested as strongly as in Vienna’s Leopold Museum. Within the span of a few decades, the physician and collector Rudolf Leopold assembled a collection of more than 5,000 carefully selected artworks. Masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, the world’s largest Egon Schiele collection and key works by Oskar Kokoschka provide fascinating insight into the art of the 20th century.

The abundance of key works by Egon Schiele (1890–1918) in the Leopold Collection is astonishing: “Cardinal and Nun”, “Setting Sun”, “Self-Portrait with Chinese Lanterns”, “Dead City”, “Reclining Woman”, “The Island City” and more. There are works from all of the important phases in the artist’s career.

The Leopold Museum shows several key masterpieces by Secession founder Gustav Klimt, including “Death and Life“, “Attersee” and “Still Pond”.
Gustav Klimt was among those artists who founded the Vienna Secession in 1897, and he served as the institution’s first president. He played a major role in the development of international Art Nouveau in Vienna around 1900. His cultivation of the »pure line« as an expressive vehicle and his new approach to composition were developments that exerted a decisive influence on the next generation of painters, among them Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele.

In Addition to featuring the works of the expressionist Egon Schiele, the Leopold Museum has also made a name for itself as the museum of Viennese Art Noveau. No other museum offers a comparable cross section of the exceptional achievements of this uniquely Viennese tradition.
The finest examples of turn-of-the-century Viennese craftsmanship are combined with a presentation of painting, graphic art and sculpture, providing insight into this remarkable era. Designed by artists like Kolo Moser or Josef Hoffmann and produced by the Wiener Werkstätte, these objects bear witness to the timeless elegance of art in Vienna around 1900.

The show »Vienna 1900« at the Leopold Museum is organised in an exciting series of chronologically and thematically linked galleries. The epoch is experienced in a diversity that no other museum can offer, in a broad panorama stretching from the Secession through the arts and crafts of Art Nouveau to Expressionism. On view are works by Gustav Klimt, Kolo Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Richard Gerstl, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and many other artists. Text passages from Sigmund Freud and other writers also illuminate this fascinating epoch.

In 2001 a breathtaking new museum building was presented: the Leopold Museum. Located in the “MuseumsQuartier”, a culture and leisure centre created in a complex of buildings and courtyards that once served as the imperial stables, the 24-meter white cube rises high into the Vienna sky. The architects Ortner & Ortner succeeded, in cooperation with Rudolf Leopold, in erecting a monolith of timeless elegance for the new museum centre. Its generously proportioned windows create a light-flooded setting that exudes classical refinement.
The 19-meter, glass-ceilinged atrium numbers among the most impressive contemporary museum interiors. Panorama windows on the fourth floor offer a wonderful view of the Hofburg and the rooftops of historic Vienna.

Rudolf Leopold (1925-2010) was the founder of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. The story of the museum’s beginnings could have been penned by a Hollywood scriptwriter. Rudolf Leopold began collecting art early, during the 1950s, while he was still a student. Thanks to his feel for art and his persistence, he had within a few decades succeeded in assembling the most significant private collection of 19th-and-20thcentury Austrian art. Even the first painting he ever acquired was a masterpiece: “The Hermits” by Egon Schiele. Rudolf Leopold was able to purchase this special work, the only painting in which Schiele portrayed himself together with Gustav Klimt, from Arthur Stemmer in London in 1953. The 30,000 Austrian Schillings that he used to buy the painting corresponded to the value of a VW Beetle at the time. Leopold’s mother had promised him the car as a reward for the completion of his medical studies. But Rudolf Leopold decided against the car and bought the Schiele, thus beginning his collecting career with a brilliant coup.

Cafe Leopold is a popular meeting place during the day and a hot tip for night owls. It offers refreshment and repose in a stylish setting for tired art fans. Visitors seeking Austrian specialities like apple strudel or a cup of Viennese coffee will find them here, but more adventurous tastes will also find what they are looking for.
Additionally the completely glassed-in sun terrace offers a unique atmosphere and in the summer, Café Leopold’s rooftop terrace is a must.

Art to go! At the centre of the diverse selection of merchandise available in the Leopold Museum Shop is a collection designed around the key works of the Leopold Collection, which is rounded out by an international program of classic museums products and specifically Austrian items. All museum visitors are certain to find something beautiful, creative and typically Austrian to take home with them.

“Celebrating with Schiele and Klimt” The museum boasts numerous attractive facilities. An auditorium is available for readings and film screenings, while the lower and upper atrium are often used for special events. A bright and friendly studio space serves a variety of functions, and is the home of the LEO Children’s Studio. Every Sunday there are exciting programs for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Guided tours, concerts, readings and other cultural events make the Leopold Museum into a living centre of communication.


Leopold Museum, Vienna
Leopold Museum, Vienna

Egon Schiele, Self Portrait (Detail), Wally (Detail), 1912
Egon Schiele, Self Portrait (Detail), Wally (Detail), 1912

View of the exhibition “Vienna 1900”
View of the exhibition “Vienna 1900”

Gustav Klimt, Death and Life (Detail), 1910/15
Gustav Klimt, Death and Life (Detail), 1910/15

Exhibition View
Exhibition View

Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait, 1910
Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait, 1910

Panorama window on the 4th level
Panorama window on the 4th level