Weltmuseum Wien

Vienna, Austria

The World Museum Vienna (Weltmuseum Wien) describes its new, signature permanent exhibition as "a pearl necklace of histories." With four separate entrances from the monumental Columned Hall, the exhibition consists of fourteen thematically independent halls that explore the art, culture, and belief systems of non-European cultures, told though the lens of Austria's long history of cultural interaction, collecting, and ethnographic research.

The journey is non-linear, with deliberate breaks in the formal presentation of the museum's collections, which were implemented to allow for contemporary discourse concerning the history of ethnology and contemporary cultural perspectives. Each of the fourteen halls has a unique curatorial idea, which RAA translated into scenographic presentation, placing emphasis on the collections and their interpretation, while also aiming to surprise and intrigue.


Hoskins Architects


2,400 square metres


English, German

  • European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA), Kenneth Hudson Award,

  • GOOD DESIGN™ Award, Environments 2017,

  • Red Dot Award,

  • German Design Award, Special Mention - Fair and Exhibition Category,

  • IDCA (International Design and Communication Awards), Finalist - Best Scenography,

  • IDA Design Awards, Bronze - Interior Design / Exhibits, Pavilions and Exhibitions,

© 2014, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc.