On any given afternoon, the courtyards of the MuseumsQuartier Wien are bound to be bustling with tourists and local Viennese alike. Originally serving as an imperial stable complex in the early 18th century, the space was converted into one of the world’s largest art and culture complexes. Opening its doors in 2001, the MuseumsQuartier offers an impressive array of facilities and activities open to the public year round. Whether you are looking to immerse yourself in one of the many cultural offerings, or just enjoy a cup of coffee in a trendy café, the MQ is the place to be.
The Leopold Museum, one of the highlights of MuseumsQuartier, hosts the largest collection of works by Austrian artists like Gustav Klimt and Egon Shiele. The Mumok museum, with its distinctive modern exterior, also boasts an extensive collection of works by Jasper John, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and many other contemporary artists. The MuseumsQuartier is also home to Tanzquartier Wien, Austria’s first center for contemporary dance and performance. A couple of mornings a week, you can usually find me taking dance class in one of their spacious dance studios, then doing some readings on the geometrical lounge chairs in the main courtyard.
By night, the MuseumsQuartier turns into a hub of social activity. Large groups of friends gather in the main courtyard to dine, drink, and socialize during beautiful summer evenings. Here some of us are, taking in the lively atmosphere of MuseumsQuartier at night, and enjoying our final evening together after a wonderful summer spent in Vienna.
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