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VIENNA’S HOUSE OF MUSIC
Play With Sound at the Haus der Musik

Virtual Conductor photoVienna is the city of music. As much as any city in the world it is defined and identified with the great composers who lived, worked, and died there - Mozart, Haydn, Strauss, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler. It’s concert halls, great and small are filled nearly every night (see Vienna Mozart Concerts). At the Haus Der Musik, the clever exhibition space on Seilerstatte in the old town about a block from the philharmonic hall, music is meant to be played with as much as played, and made as much as listened to.

Haus Der Musik Palais photoFirst opened in June of 2000, The House of Music is located in the former town house palace of a Habsburg Archduke Charles, once the home of Otto Nicolai, who founded the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conceived by Peter Altenberg as a forum where the history of Vienna’s music heritage could be represented as well as where the very nature of musical creation could be experienced, the House of Music is as much playground as museum. The six floors of the former palace are filled with entertaining music experimentations and thought provoking educational hands on experiences. Future Music Sounds photoCreate a musical composition by randomly rolling dice in competition with a friend. Stand at a virtual podium and conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in a virtual reality interaction, the Virtual Conductor - violas on the left - violins on the right. Enter the Brain Opera and create your own futuristic symphony with instruments of touch and senses in the Mind Forest. Rediscover sounds as first heard in the womb in the Sonosphere. Make your own sounds from the infinite varitety from the Instrumentarium and record a CD of your sonic concerto to take home. The interactive auditory games are interspersed with real world history. Founders Room photoThe Otto Nicolai Room is dedicated to the founding of the Vienna Philharmonic. In the concert room, you can enjoy the annual famous New Years concert of the Vienna Philhamonic in a 38 minute film played once an hour. On the third floor, the Great Master Composers related to Vienna are represented with historic documents, costumes and personal belongings, surrounded by their compositions as you pass from era to era. A Virtual Tour of Vienna takes you to all the music venues in the city. Find some musical souvenirs in the shop on the top floor, or visit the shop of an actual violin maker on the ground floor.

Hands On Music Museum Vienna photoEntrance for adults is 10€. Making a CD of your musical genius will cost you 7€. You can get a combined ticket for the Haus Der Musik and the Mozarthaus Vienna (one of the only remaining apartments where Mozart once lived) for 15€, children are half-price and a family ticket is available. Remember this museum of music is meant to be played, so don't just stand there, roll the dice. © Bargain Travel Europe

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