Do we need a mobility transition? Who actually invented cars? How does an airplane work? And what is so special about the Danube as a river, waterway and habitat?
November 3000
The “Mobility” exhibition answers these and many other questions. Across an exhibition space of 3,000 m² on level E4, we showcase about 800 exhibits on land, on water and in the air.
These days, mobility is the subject of heated debate. During the last 100 years, the combustion engine has established itself in almost all transport systems. Whether in ships, airplanes, lorries or automobiles – it is omnipresent. Can we afford this kind of mobility in the future if we want to live sustainably and stop climate change? We show you the technical possibilities available to save or replace fossil energy sources. Did you know that electric vehicles were already present on Austria’s roads a hundred years ago?

The highlights of our exhibition include the Lohner-Porsche electric vehicle, which was awarded the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, as well as the Siegfried-Marcus car, which was considered to be the world’s first automobile for a long time. We present what is probably the world’s first fuel cell motorcycle and the last existing coach of a horse-drawn tram. On display are both the wooden predecessors of the bicycle and the original Mercedes W196 “Silver Arrow”, with which Stirling Moss won the British Grand Prix in 1955. We show one of the five Lilienthal gliders that have been preserved worldwide and recent lightweight airplanes of aviation.

Technical innovations hardly ever emerge from sudden flashes of genius of a single person. They often involve difficult processes that span years and require the support of many people. We show you how mobility is shaped and how it has changed over the course of time.

Mobility concerns us all and manifests itself in a great variety of objects. Whether fish-belly rails or drones, helicopters or transport pallets: Every object tells exciting stories about the past, present and future of mobility in its very own way.