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.
Despite the pleasing increase of visitors and an exceptional media echo of the past few years, it is our aim to further raise awareness for our house and the numbers of visitors. In accordance with our diverse topics and approaches we consider very different target audiences amongst our public. Children, youngsters, employees and senior citizens will find a wide range of offers and also scientists, tourists and culture and stage aficionados with their specific requests are welcome to our house.
To some extent, the exhibitions at the Theatermuseum are characterized by the absence of its subject. The theater itself, the fugitive art par excellence, opera and dance are not present. With all the rest that remains after the curtain falls we revolve around the thematic center. Sometimes this is a dialectic, intellectual process, in other cases a more emotional act. This procedure spans from a provocative discourse to a somewhat imaginative sentimentality.
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