Collection area: Everyday Life

Apart from the older collections groups of structural engineering and fire protection, this collection area was put together during the 20th century. The expansion of the range of the collection to include the use of technical objects in everyday life using the groups of domestic technology, municipal infrastructure, games, sport and home and garden also meant a new orientation of the traditional understanding of museums and technology.

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Structural Engineering


Games and Sports
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    Racing sledge, around 1935

    Elderly people sometimes have the tendency to become somewhat melancholic. A sledge is generally associated with carefree childlike winter-fun which can be enjoyed with relatively little effort. The only prerequisite: snow.

  • Radio frequency ID chip implant

    Radio frequency ID chip implant

    For some it’s a step towards a wonderful cyborg future; for others, it’s a step down the road of dehumanisation. Alternatively, it’s just a chip that’s implanted between your index finger and thumb so you can lock and unlock electronic devices without a key or password.

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    Tool set “Pink”

    There is some confusion in the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum): A 12 x 10 cm pink plastic case contains a small assortment of tools. But for what and whom is it intended?



Household Technology
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    "Figaro" drying hood, 1910 - 1920

    In around 1910, a fresh breeze swept through the hairdressing salons. The invention of shampoos and so-called "hot air showers" led to hairwash being offered in hairdressing salons.

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    "Piccolo" universal household appliance and "Do-It-Yourself" tool kit

    Mixing, grating, grinding, juice extraction, vacuum cleaning, blow-drying, disinfecting, spray-painting, sawing, drilling, sanding - the Piccolo can do all of this if the motor is combined with the corresponding attachment.

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    "Triumph" tub washing machine, approx. 1900 - 1920

    Hard work, hands strained by hot soapy water and cold washing water – the path leading to modern-day automatic washing machines was long and required numerous innovations.

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    Electric wet shaver "Sirama" with flashlight battery, 1933

    Wet or dry? This question only arose after the invention of the new electric shaving heads in 1930. The electric wet-shaver was an intermediate step on the way to modern-day shavers.

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    Espresso machine "Faema Nettuno", 1950s

    There are various ways of making coffee: only the high pressure used for making espresso dissolves the aromatic coffee oils in such a way that the richly aromatic "crema" is formed.

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    Icebox, approx. 1900 - 1940

    Nowadays, the storage of cool drinks and fresh groceries is taken for granted. Prior to the invention of the fridge, however, this required a great deal of effort and was not always possible.

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    Mechanical vacuum cleaner, approx. 1890 - 1910

    Dust is dangerous and we are surrounded by it - this perception came about from 1850 onwards. Dust removal became the driving force for technical development. The vacuum cleaner is one product of these endeavours.

  • Kochkiste olso Krieg und Technik

    The OLSO haybox

    During the war, coal was not only in scarce supply, it was also rationed. Economical heaters and cookers were meant to alleviate the hardships. Kocht mit Kochkiste! [Cook with a haybox!] was one of many recommendations.



Building Systems and Services
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    “Delphin” Water Filter Type No. 95, 1910

    How is water purified? There is a nice collection of water filters from the time period around 1900 in the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum).

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    Fan heater INDOLA FS-7, around 1970

    This fan heater looks like it could also have been used by aliens to land on earth. Once activated, the heating coils can be seen glowing red behind the vent.

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    Frankfurt kitchen facility, 1928

    Eat-in kitchen or purely functional working kitchen? The exhibition "Everyday life – an instruction manual" offers a well-known contribution to this topic in the form of an original kitchen from the "new Frankfurt" from around 1928.

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    Gas incandescent light bulb “Auer light”, around 1905

    Gas versus electricity: Carl Auer von Welsbach’s gas incandescent light provided competition to Thomas A. Edison’s electric light. It was brighter than electric light, at reduced gas consumption.

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    Screw-in sockets with bulb socket, around 1920

    The screw-in socket also used to be called an “electricity thief”. It enabled the use of the so-called “lighting current” for other purposes without payment.

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    Table fan AEG GT22 , 1922

    Moving air is a source of refreshment. Along with irons, ventilators are among the first electrical devices developed for the household and workplace.



Disaster Control and Civil Protection


Gaming Machines and Automatic Dispensers
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    "Tura" pinball machine, 1950s

    The 1960s and 1970s were the era of pinball machines. Once the flippers were added, the simple ball game developed a new appeal.

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    PEZ mint dispenser, 1956-1960

    A small ritual first needs to be performed before the sweet can be enjoyed: insert coins must into vending machine, press the button, unwrap, insert sweets into dispenser, activate dispenser, remove the sweet.



Environmental Engineering
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    "Heidelberg tank system", sectional model, 1881

    What to do with human excrements? The technical solution for the disposal of excrements required inventiveness and time-consuming experimentation.

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    "Ohropax Classic" ear plugs, 2005

    A sound suppressor for the ears: "Ohropax" ear plugs have already been on the market for more than 100 years. A congenial product which makes it possible to keep the noise from the outside world at bay.

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    "Viennese Pavilion Urinal", 1908

    In the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum), visitors have the opportunity to view (but not use!) a public urinal – absolutely unique worldwide in this size. It was built in 1908 and was once located on Sachsenplatz square in Vienna-Brigittenau.

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    Public rubbish bin, around 1995

    In the 1920s, public rubbish bins were for the first time put up throughout Vienna. The pioneer model “Altstadtgitter” is in the collections of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum).

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    Sewage worker boots, around 1985

    Special clothing and equipment is indispensible for underground jobs relating to the disposal of urban wastewater. One utensil in particular is crucial for sewage workers: their boots.



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