The MuseumsQuartier Wien

Enjoyment of Art and Joie de Vivre: With about 70 cultural facilities, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world. The many courtyards, ­cafés, and shops throughout the complex lend it the additional quality of being an urban living room and an oasis of calm and recreation in the middle of the city. Historic buildings from the 18th and 19th century and contemporary museums form a unique architectural ensemble and create a special ambience. At the MuseumsQuartier Wien, the production and experience of art form an inseparable whole with recreation and relaxation.

The MQ is a place of diversity. Renowned museums and exhibition halls are just as much at home here as small cultural initiatives, classics of modernism, and young artists of the current century. The spectrum ranges from visual and performing arts over architecture, music, fashion, theater, dance, literature, and children’s culture to game culture, street art, design and photography.

Photo: Lisi Specht


Culture is omnipresent at the MuseumsQuartier Wien: As an art, living, and creativity space that is open to the public, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is an ideal place where art can not only be shown in the various cultural institutions and exhibition spaces, but also in the large outdoor areas within the complex. Throughout the year, an extensive program of cultural activities and events takes place in the courtyards, ranging from readings to film festivals, dance performances, and exhibition and sculpture projects.

Sommer im MQ 2011, Photo: Hertha Hurnaus


The Artist-in-Residence program of the Q21 fosters international, project-related exchange  and is financed with the aid of private sponsors. Since 2002, about 400 artists have been invited to live and work at MQ to realize joint projects with the resident cultural initiatives on location, consequently promoting the establishment of international networks.

Q21 is a support structure that offers space and support to more than forty small and medium-sized autonomous cultural initiatives within the MQ Wien.

Photo: Rupert Steiner


The 'frei_raum Q21 exhibition space' exhibition series is presented in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and other partners. 'freiraum Q21 INTERNATIONAL' shows international exhibition projects with the contribution of Artists-in-Residence as part of Q21. Admission is free.

Photo: Kollektiv Fischka


Today’s MuseumsQuartier has a dynamic history. Almost three hundred years passed from the beginning of the construction of the imperial stables in the early 18th century and the area’s later use as a fairground and exposition center to the opening of the MuseumsQuartier Wien in 2001.

MQ Front, Photo: Herta Hurnaus


Historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, including a 400-meter Baroque facade, are joined with contemporary museum architecture to create a one-of-a-kind architectural setting.

mumok and Terrace, Photo: Rupert Steiner