The Aztecs

15 October 2020 to 13 April 2021
In 2020, the Weltmuseum Wien will present an exhibition on the legendary art and culture of the Aztecs (ca. 1430 - 1521 AD). This highlight exhibition focuses on tributes and sacrifices that played an important role in the Aztecs' economic and  religious life. Particular attention is paid to the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which served as the religious and cultural centre of the empire.

About the exhibition

About the exhibition

The special exhibition The Aztecs was conceived by the Linden-Museum Stuttgart in cooperation with the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen in the Netherlands. It took place in Stuttgart in 2019 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the landing of the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés on the coast of Mexico and is coming to Vienna in 2020.

The Aztecs dominated a large part of Mesoamerica at the time of the Spanish conquest in the early 16th century. As a nomadic people, the Aztecs finally settled on several small islands in Lake Texcoco, where they founded the city of Tenochtitlán, present-day Mexico City, in 1325.

In the 15th century, they created an empire surpassed in the Americas only by the Incas in Peru. The Aztecs are among the most well-documented of all Indian civilizations in the 16th century. Visitors retrace Cortés footsteps: starting with the periphery of the Aztec empire and the cultural diversity of Mexico, the exhibition leads to the sacred precinct of the capital Tenochtitlán.

The exhibition features more than 200 objects and items on loan from Mexican and European museums, including the Museo del Templo Mayor and the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City.




Daily except Wednesday
10 am to 6 pm

Weltmuseum Wien

1010 Vienna, Austria

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The Quetzal feather headdress

The Quetzal feather headdress

The world-famous feather headdress exhibited in the permanent exhibition will - among other objects from the Weltmuseum Wien collection -  supplement the special exhibition Aztecs. As part of a collaboration between Mexico and Austria, the last existing Aztec feather headdress has now been comprehensively cleaned and conserved. Thanks to this measure, the iridescent splendour of the feathers' green and blue tones and over 1500 gold leaves once again come into their own.

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