Mission Statement

... if dreams become so intensely vivid, that they seduce other people (…) to reveries, this enchanting reality arises, that means theater to me.

Max Reinhardt

The Theatermuseum brings together collections on all topics of the performing arts and is one of the biggest and most important documentation centers of its kind in the world. Objects of contemporary Austrian and international stage art from spoken and musical theater, dance and film to figurine and puppet theater are kept in the archives and are scientifically researched, published and presented in exhibitions. Our aim is a differentiated in-depth research and the attractive presentation of various topics and correlations. A permanent show, ploughing through the centuries of theater history, does not exist at the moment.

Numerous events and educational programmes for all ages complement these activities. Many of our exhibitions evolve from cooperations with other cultural institutions and are shown in other Austrian museums and abroad.

Our endeavour to continue offering this diversity of theatrical topics has its ideal place in the heart of Vienna, the city of theater par excellence - seen not only from a historical point of view.

It is on the one hand the enthusiasm for the stage – be it opera, operetta or spoken theater - , Vienna ows this quality, on the other hand the fact that the world associates Vienna with the music theater.

Whereas the theater seeks the direct encounter with the magic moment, our museum finds room and time for its reflection. The interaction of confrontation and mirroring also determines our logo, it characterizes our exhibition, event and educational projects and takes you into the heart of theater itself.


Marie-Theres Arnbom
Director Theatermuseum
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The Theatermuseum houses treasures and highlights of European cultural history that need to be rediscovered. It documents traditional theatre performances and controversial operas, modern operettas and frivolous cabarets, exhilarating ballets and innovative films. Its extensive holdings include fascinating stage models and spectacular costume drawings, photographs and programme notes, in which the past, the present and the future of the performing arts meet and enter into an intense dialogue with their audience. Together with my team, I want to turn the museum into a pulsating and entertaining meeting-place of scholarship, research and artistic exchange. I look forward to this fascinating challenge.


The Theatermuseum is part of the KHM-Museumsverband, scientific institution under public law, lead by director general Sabine Haag and commercial director Paul Frey.

Board of trustees

Dr. Ulrike Baumgartner-Gabitzer (Vorsitzende)
Dr. Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer (Stv. Vorsitzende)
Dr. Andreas Brandstetter
Dr. Barbara Damböck
MMag. Dr. Thomas Kohlert
Mag. Marianne Novotny-Kargl
Johann Pauxberger
Gabriela Spiegelfeld
Erwin Wurm

Terms and Conditions

In all our activities we adhere to the guidelines of the Fairness Codex - Art and Culture in Austria.


Palais Lobkowitz
Lobkowitzplatz 2, 1010 Wien

T +43 1 525 24 2729

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