About the MQ
Opened in 2001, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the world's largest complexes for modern art and culture. It offers a wide variety of programs and events, from performing arts, architecture, music, fashion, theater, dance, literature, and children's culture to digital culture. It is an art space with a total of nine permanent museums and exhibition and event halls, an urban living space and meeting place for people interested in culture in Vienna, and a creativity space for the 70 or so art and culture initiatives based in quartier21.
Located in the middle of Vienna, the MuseumsQuartier is an oasis of culture and recreation with museums, the quartier21 creative cluster, courtyards, outdoor restaurants, cafés, and shops. Historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries are joined with contemporary museum architecture to create a one-of-a-kind architectural setting that attracts about 3.8 million people a year.
The contrast of old and new, the symbiosis of art space, living space, and creativity space, and the combination of architectural styles from different centuries - already defining characteristics of the complex when it first opened in 2001 ("Baroque Meets Cyberspace") - are becoming even more relevant today. The MQ's courtyard furniture plays an active role in enhancing its attractiveness as a living space. Creatively configured as seating arrangements, they invite visitors to kick back and relax.
The MQ is an ideal starting point for a wide variety of activities. Some of the most famous sights and cultural attractions Vienna has to offer are in the immediate vicinity: the Secession, the Vienna State Opera, the Musikverein, the Künstlerhaus, the Volkstheater, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, and the Naturhistorisches Museum. Contemporary galleries, Viennese cafés, the restaurant and bar scene of the Spittelberg quarter, and the picturesque arcades, passageways, and plazas in and around the MQ open up entirely new perspectives of Vienna's cityscape for cultural tourists and locals.