Planned Giving Vergissmeinnicht (Forget-Me-Not)

The Weltmuseum Wien is one of the most important museums of its kind in the world. Some of the highlights are: the famous collection of James Cook; the splendid ancient Mexican feather headdress Penacho; objects from the extensive scientific expeditions of the 19th century; and unique documents of Far Eastern, as well as South American culture .

The magnitude of the collections is to a great extent due to the generosity of individuals who collected, and who bequeathed their treasures to the predecessors of the Weltmuseum Wien – the Imperial and Royal Museums of Natural History and later the Museum of Ethnology. In the past, patrons – amongst them the Habsburgs - with their generous financial contributions were often the first to make possible the research expeditions and study trips which have so prominently enhanced the collections of the Weltmuseum Wien.

Today we are faced with the challenge of making these objects accessible to the public and for scientific research, as well as preparing them for exhibitions and of preserving them in the best possible condition for future generations.

With your help we will be able to carry out not only extensive restoration of these damaged and unique objects, but also conserve the entire collections. Furthermore, we will be able to expand our outreach programs for children and youth and initiate field research projects throughout the world.

With a bequest in favor of the Weltmuseum Wien you will also be entered in the list of Patrons of the Weltmuseum Wien. Your generosity will make it possible for us to address these challenges even more effectively and to meet our future obligations.

With your bequest you will become part of this wonderful museum, and your name will live on in this building.

We would be pleased to meet with you or your representative to provide additional information regarding the plans and projects of the Weltmuseum Wien. Naturally the contents of these meetings will be held in strictest confidence.


Mag. Elisabeth M. Edhofer
+43 664 25 08 831


Vergissmeinnicht is an education initiative of the Austrian Fundraising Association to enhance the public awareness of Planned Giving.

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