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Our Mission

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Here technology is an experience²

Technology and science are two of the main forces driving our society. They are all around us and shape our daily lives. Our mission is to reflect upon the developments of technology and science and their contemporary effects on society. With the Österreichische Mediathek we safeguard Austria’s audio-visual heritage. One of our signature features is creating an integral connection between historical objects and documents with interactive elements.

At the interface between past and future, the Technisches Museum Wien invites visitors to discover, experience and reflect on different fields of technology and their history, catering to all ages and interests. Our goal is to enable and encourage our visitors – especially children and young adults – to actively participate in shaping future developments. Fun ways and methods of transferring knowledge make it possible to get to grips, literally, with technology.

We assist in navigating the dynamic and lively field of experimentation and research. With multi-faceted online offers, we also act as a virtual research and learning platform and illustrate the complementary interaction of digital and analogue technologies.

Our guiding principle: Sustainable development

As Austria’s largest technical museum we see ourselves as we see ourselves as a place of learning and discourse within society that bridges the realms of science, education, business, and society. Our work is guided by the notion of sustainability in a bid to act in a way that is both future-orientated and socially effective.

By way of a framework definition we are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations (UN). These goals represent a globally recommended agenda for sustainable development up to 2030 in which 17 goals with ecological, economic and social fields of action have been defined.

The mainstays of our work as a federal museum

As a federal museum, the Technisches Museum Wien mit Österreichischer Mediathek is a scientific institution under public law.
The Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport has oversight responsibility.

Our work is founded on legislation following the 2002 Federal Museums Act and, in particular, on the Museum Rules and Regulations for the Technisches Museum Wien mit Österreichischer Mediathek. They set out the legal form, general and particular remit, tasks, organisation, management and duties of the board of trustees as the supervisory body for all economic matters.

Our values

Innovation
We put innovation at the centre of all our activities. Not only do we want to stimulate the public discourse on technological developments and their interactions with society, we also want to promote forward-looking skills and enthusiasm for the STEM fields.

Anchored in the present and the future
Due to the increasingly rapid pace of scientific and social change, the very concept of the museum also needs to be anchored more firmly in both the present and the future. Current issues are contextualised through the use of historical exhibits, thereby deepening the basic understanding of technological and socio-political processes and putting fears about the future and technology into some sort of perspective. As a place of encounter and exchange, we also offer a platform for critical reflection and visionary development strategies.

Access and participation
To enable social participation on a broad scale, we develop mobile mediation formats and intensify our activities in online mediation. Our aim is to reach socio-economically disadvantaged groups through interactive and participatory co-operation formats.

International perspectives
In a globalised world, forward-looking social issues demand a way of thinking that is networked at the international level. With the framework of co-operation ventures, research and exhibition projects are given a clear international orientation.

Gender-informed exhibition and mediation work
We see it as our responsibility to contribute to gender balance in science and technology and to push ahead with the deconstruction of stereotypes.



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