The highlights of the 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. On display are also what is probably the world’s first fuel cell motorcycle and the last existing coach of a horse-drawn tram as well as the wooden predecessors of the bicycle and the original Mercedes W196 “Silver Arrow”, with which Stirling Moss won the British Grand Prix in 1955. The aviation highlights include one of the five Lilienthal gliders that have been preserved worldwide as well as recent lightweight airplanes.
Variety of objects
Mobility concerns us all and manifests itself in a great variety of objects. Whether fish-belly rails or drones, ship models or helicopters: Every object tells exciting stories about the past, present and future of mobility in its very own way.
Exhibition area on space travel
In the recent extension of the exhibition area, the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) showcases the spacesuit of Franz Viehböck, the first Austrian in space, and original experiments from the AustroMir space mission. But many Austrian companies are also involved in today’s space travel, the “New Space”. From satellite navigation receivers, insulation foils, ion thrusters and fuel tanks to special space-qualified computer chips: Austrian space technology is found in every European rocket and in many satellites.
People have always dreamt of flying. Whether airplanes, helicopters or hot-air balloons – at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology), we have amazing stories to tell about any flying machine!
Kindergartens & Schools
1.–8. Grade (6 to 14 years)Kindergarten & Preschool
Empress Elisabeth already fascinated contemporaries in her lifetime and, even today, her person and her myth capture the imagination of many people. During her lifetime, mobility in the Danube Monarchy saw a rapid change and feats of craftsmanship were accomplished “in honour of the empress”. The empress presented herself as a user of “modern technology” by having the “Hofsalonwagen” (royal railway carriage) built for her personal use. In this tour, objects of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) are illuminated from a different perspective by taking a look at the life and times of the empress.
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