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Weltmuseum Wien - It's all about people

The Weltmuseum Wien presents itself as a venue for connecting cultures and people in unique fashion. As such, the museum is dedicated to the cultural diversity of humankind and strives to document the diverse historical ties between Austria and the world in its collections from all around the globe.

As the very heart of the museum which has been reopend in October 2017, the permanent exhibition has been redesigned from the ground up. Strung together like a chain of pearls, the series of stories told in the fourteen galleries feature the core of the permanent exhibition combined with contemporary interpretations. On show are a total of 3.127 objects as well as numerous photographs. The installation reveals many, frequently surprising connections between Austria and the world. Visitors are invited to discover the world-famous collections that include the “penacho”, the celebrated ancient Mexican feathered headdress, the collection assembled by Captain James Cook (1728–1779), and the objects brought back by Johann Natterer (1787-1843) from his expedition to Brazil.

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Gallery "South Seas: Encounters with Paradise Lost" (jpg, 863 KB)

Permanent exhibition
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Gallery "South Seas: Encounters with Paradise Lost" (jpg, 621 KB)

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Gallery "South Seas: Encounters with Paradise Lost" (jpg, 696 KB)

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Gallery "Collecting Craze. I Suffer from Museomania!"  (jpg, 882 KB)

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Gallery "1873 – Japan comes to Europe"  (jpg, 924 KB)

Permanent exhibition
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Gallery "Collecting Craze. I Suffer from Museomania!"  (jpg, 958 KB)

Permanent exhibition
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Gallery "Into a New World" (jpg, 767 KB)

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Gallery "Into a New World" (jpg, 692 KB)

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Gallery "South Seas: Encounters with Paradise Lost" (jpg, 579 KB)

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Gallery "Collecting Craze. I Suffer from Museomania!" (jpg, 552 KB)

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Gallery "Culture war in Vienna" (jpg, 556 KB)

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Gallery "Benin and Ethiopia: Art, Power, Resilience" (jpg, 537 KB)

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Gallery "A Village in the Mountains"  (jpg, 1 MB)

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Gallery "At the Threshold of the Orient" (jpg, 682 KB)

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Gallery "Culture war in Vienna" (jpg, 605 KB)

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Gallery "Stories from Mesoamerica" (jpg, 754 KB)

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Special exhibition " Sharing Stories"  (jpg, 489 KB)

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Ancient Mexican feathered headdress (jpg, 390 KB)

Mexico, Aztec, early 16th century
feathers of the resplendent quetzal, cotingas, roseate spoonbill, Squirrel Cuckoo, kingfisher; wood, fibres, paper, cotton, leather, gold, gilt bronze
h. 116, w. 175
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Two Court Dwarfs (jpg, 442 KB)

Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria, 14th/15th century
brass
h. 59 cm; h. 60 cm
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Feather Cloak (jpg, 869 KB)

Munduruku, Rio Tapajos, Brazil, c. 1830
Ara and Mutum, feathers, cotton
w. 110 cm
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Feather Temple (hale waiea) (jpg, 555 KB)

Hawai’i, Polynesia, 1778/79
Feathers of the Hawaiian Honeycreeper, tortoise shell, aerial roots of the freycinetia arbora, plant fiber threads
h. 59 cm, l. 20 cm, w. 8 cm
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Ost- und West-Indischer wie auch Sinesischer Lust- und Stats-Garten [ ... ] (East- and West-Indian as well as Chinese Pleasure- and Formal Gardens) (jpg, 1,009 KB)

by Erasmus Franciscus
Nuremberg 1668
leather, paper
h. 34 cm, w. 24 cm
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Waters Carrier in Cairo (jpg, 3 MB)

Photograph: Bonfils, Felix or Adrien; photograph taken c. 1870
print, coloured by hand
27,7 x 21,5 cm
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Dong Son Drum (jpg, 465 KB)

Northern Vietnam, 2nd/1st century B.C.
copper alloy
h. 53 cm, diam. 70 cm
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Bodhisattva Jizō (jpg, 3 MB)

polychromed wood, gold lacquer, glass, brass
H: 68 cm
early Edo-Period (1600 – 1868), Japan
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Hanging Lamps from a Mosque (jpg, 526 KB)

Egypt or Syria; Bahri Mamelukes, c. 1360
Glass with enamel decoration and gilding
h. max. 40 cm, diam. max. 28 cm
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Kris with painted sheath (jpg, 1 MB)

Bali/Java, Indonesia, 16th– early 17th cent.
Steel, damascened nickel, wood, pigment; blade: L. 44 cm, sheath: L. 48 cm, W. 9 cm
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Hall of Columns (jpg, 2 MB)

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Hall of Columns (jpg, 2 MB)

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