Cathedral Museum (Vienna)




Stephansplatz 6

Tel. 515 523 560

Subway: Stephansplatz

Open: 10am- 5pm Tue- Sat

Closed: 24th, 31st Dec, Easter


Description of the Cathedral Museum

The Dom Museum Wien or Cathedral Museum is a museum of the Archdiocese of Vienna in Zwettlerhof next to the Archbishop's Palace on Stephansplatz 6. It contains a collection of religious art. This include 16th and 17th century wooden carvings, beautiful works of Austrian artist Franz Anton Maulbertsch as well as Dutch painter Jan van Hemessen.



The Archbishop's Cathedral and Diocesan Museum was founded on the initiative of Cardinal Theodor Innitzer and opened on June 3, 1933 in the premises of the Archbishop's Palace. In 1973 the museum moved to the Zwettlerhof (Stephansplatz 6) and from the mid-1980s further rooms were adapted for museum operations.

From 2010 to 2015 it was called "Dommuseum", and since August 1, 2015 the official name is "Dom Museum Wien". In May 2012, the museum was closed in order to rebuild and conceptually realign it. Since March 2013, the Viennese art historian Johanna Schwanberg has been in charge of the Dom Museum Wien.

In 2020 the museum was awarded the Austrian Museum Prize.


Remodeling and reopening

The architect Boris Podrecca was entrusted with the conversion that took place after the closure in May 2012. Now the valuable exhibits of medieval sacred art and the cathedral treasure of St. Stephen should be shown in the interplay with key works of the Austrian avant-garde and contemporary positions in the newly designed premises in the historicist Palais on Stephansplatz. In October 2017, the new Dom Museum Wien was officially opened.

For the time of the renovation, many exhibits were housed in the western part of St. Stephen's Cathedral. However, the most important cultural and art-historical conglomerates were transferred back to the museum after the completion of the museum conversion.


Conception and focal points of the collection

The Dom Museum Wien combines several focal points of the collection:
Medieval cathedral treasures of St. Stephen: These include valuable altars, ornate sacred objects decorated with gold and precious stones such as monstrances and chalices, paintings, valuable manuscripts and magnificent robes.

Rudolf IV the Donor: The objects related to Archduke Rudolf IV (1339-1365). In the 14th century he laid the foundation stone for the new Gothic building of St. Stephen's Cathedral and also founded the University of Vienna. He is generally considered the father of the imperial Habsburg capital. Highlights of the collection: the portrait of Rudolf, which is considered to be the oldest painted portrait in the West[3]; his shroud of silk woven with gold thread, originally made for a Muslim sultan.

Art of Viennese modernism and the avant-garde: The Otto Mauer Collection housed in the Dom Museum Wien spans the spectrum from works by the Expressionists and Secessionists to works by the most important representatives of the Austrian avant-garde of the 1950s and 60s, such as Gironcoli, Kogelnik, Lassnig, Mikl, Oberhuber, Prachensky, Rainer, and many more a.

Contemporary art from Austria: The Otto Mauer Prize, which has been awarded to young artists living in Austria every year since 1983, includes a. also the purchase of a representative work by the award winner, thereby guaranteeing the constant expansion of the collection of the Dom Museum Wien. Represented are i.a. Works by Erwin Bohatsch, Peter Kogler, Heimo Zobernig, Maria Hahnenkamp, ​​Dorit Margreiter, Esther Stocker, Isa Rosenberger and Nilbar Güres.

The museum's program moves in the field of tension between art, church and society. Permanent and special exhibitions as well as events should offer a contemporary view of the history of sacred art, but also include contemporary artists. The historical and contemporary works should be recontextualized and enter into a dialogue with each other. In addition to intercultural and interreligious questions, the museum would like to give space to existential themes that belong to the core of the Christian religion: identity, migration, exclusion, violence and poverty.

Permanent exhibition
In its permanent collection, the museum shows art from over a thousand years, especially works from St. Stephen's Cathedral and from the numerous churches of the archdiocese in Vienna and Lower Austria. Since the reopening in 2017, a room in the permanent collection has also been dedicated to the Otto Mauer Collection. An important aspect of the new exhibition concept is the juxtaposition of old and new art, of tradition and modernity. Accordingly, works by contemporary artists (Iris Andraschek, Hubert Lobnig, Maria Hahnenkamp, ​​Judith Huemer) can be seen in the permanent exhibition, which contextualize, counteract and complement the historical objects.



2007: Anatomy of transience - painting by Franz Basdera
2007: Fire and spirit – 1000 years of Bulgarian icons
2007: Christmas Cribs from Europe – The Schreiber Collection
2008: Religion, flesh and power - The religious in the work of Alfred Hrdlicka
2008: Between Worlds – Helmuth Gräff
2008: Heroes, Saints, Heavenly Strikers - Football and Religion
2008: 75 and not a bit old - special program for the anniversary
2008: Icons under the Hammer and Sickle – The Russian Orthodox Church in the 20th Century
2008: Baby Jesus – Nativity Scenes from Five Continents from the Schreiber Collection
2009: Hans Robert Pippal – Sacral
2009: Arik Brauer and the Bible – For his 80th birthday
2009: Hans Plobner – iron etchings, gouaches
2009: Klemens Maria Hofbauer - City Patron of Vienna - On the 100th anniversary of the canonization
2009: Expression and Meditation – From the Rombold Collection
2009: Maria lactans - The breastfeeding woman in art
2010: Croatia - cradle of European culture
2010: Memoria mediterranea – Matko Trebotić
2010: Serbia – Cultural bridge between East and West
2010: Detlev Kreidl - Diversity of Color
2010: Expedition Bible - journey of discovery with all senses
2011: Dante's Vision - Through Hell to Light
2011: From Arthur Aal to Rosa Zwirn - The most beautiful Jewish names in the German language
2011: The City - An Epyllion about the fate of a city
2011: Infant Jesus, come to me! – Cribs and Kindln from Old Austria
2012: Uzbekistan - cradle of cultures and civilizations of Central Asia
2012: Symbol Religion Myth – The Cross in Sculpture
2012: Window to Another World – Contemporary Icons by Nikos Kypraios
2017: Pictures of Language - Language of Pictures (opening exhibition after renovation)
2018: Show me your wound
2019: Family Matters
2020: Fragile Creation
2021: rich & poor

1961-1972 Rudolf Bachleitner
2007-2012 Bernhard Böhler
since 2013 Johanna Schwanberg