On June 20, 1909, Emperor Franz Joseph I laid the foundation stone for the Technical Museum of Industry and Trade in Vienna.
The main building of the museum was erected according to the plans of the building councilor Hans Schneider at the address Mariahilfer Straße 212 in the 14th district of Penzing in Vienna and opened on May 6, 1918 as the “Technical Museum for Industry and Trade”.
Today it belongs to the Austrian Federal Museums.
It displays exhibits and models from the history of technology in the following exhibition areas: heavy industry, energy, locomotive.experience, everyday life – an instruction manual, In work, musical instruments, medien.welten, mobility, In motion, nature and knowledge.
The museum is very large (28,500 square meters of exhibition space) and you would probably need a few days to see everything. It has many historical demonstration models, such as from the railroad, shipbuilding, aviation and industry. A few special features of the museum are, for example, the exhibition mine under the building, a high-voltage laboratory, working steam engines, models of bridges and metallurgical plants, the saloon car of the Empress Elisabeth, a large collection of historical musical instruments and and and…
The museum is suitable for both children and adults; there are also various special exhibitions on current and historical topics.