The archive and the library of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) are counted among the most significant research establishments for the history of technology in the German-speaking area with a focus on technology, industry and transport.
The extensive holdings document the development of technology, trade and industry in Austria and the former crown lands of the Habsburg Monarchy. Since the establishment of the Technisches Museum in 1908, the archive and the library have been integral parts of the museum’s concept and collection strategy. A particular feature is the great variety of subjects and sources of the historical holdings, ranging from bequests of famous inventors and photo collections to design drawings, world exhibition catalogues and trade literature.

The reading room
A well-equipped reading room is available to all museum visitors and researchers. It can be accessed free of charge via the museum’s information desk. The open-stack area offers literature divided into fields of technology, reference works and the latest periodicals. The holdings can be searched both in the online catalogue and at the Internet workstations in the reading room. Books can be ordered during the opening hours or booked in advance by email []. The holdings can only be viewed in the reading room; books cannot be borrowed and taken home. Copying and scanning facilities are available in case of need.

Please arrange an appointment for visiting the archive by email: .

Information, inquiries and advance registration

Tel.: +43-1-89998-5525
E-Mail:  or 
Archive and library search:

Opening times of the reading room

Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: by appointment


Mon, Sat, Sun, public holidays and July 15. until 08/31 and 24.12. until 6.01.