Visit to the Vienna Music House with children, fun and learning in equal parts
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A visit to the Casa de la Música in Vienna is one of those experiences that satisfies parents and children alike. On the one hand, children have a lot of fun experimenting with sounds, technological gadgets and instruments, while adults watch with pride as they learn as they play. This kind of museum located in the centre of the Austrian capital perfectly combines the musical game with the history of one of the most universal disciplines, so we strongly recommend it.
For us Vienna is the perfect city to visit with the children. Its quality of life, its amazing cultural agenda and spaces designed for the whole family make it one of the most attractive destinations in Europe at any time of year. One of the places that brings together all these virtues is the House of Music (Haus der Musik) so let us tell you how was our experience in this unique museum of sound.
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How is the visit to the House of Music Vienna
Perhaps the funniest thing about the Casa de la Música in Vienna is that it is a space designed for the enjoyment of all audiences, regardless of the age of the visitors or their musical knowledge. I’m sure you’ll find an activity, rig or melody that you can identify with.
This is a fully interactive sound museum that brings you closer to music from a playful, but also scientific, approach. This jewel opened its doors in 2000 and has since received more than 3 million visitors. We are going to walk with you through its four floors and tell you about the experiences that Teo and Oriol enjoyed the most.
Museum of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Perhaps the first floor of the Casa de la Música is the one that most resembles a conventional museum, yet it has a couple of surprises that the children loved. The first one happens even before you get to the first floor. It is a ‘piano ladder’ that is a real invitation to encourage children’s musical creativity while having fun. Teo who has already done his pinitos in a music school dared to play some notes and asked the whole family to collaborate with him to try to make that singular giant instrument sound.
After the first musical moment of the visit we arrive at the space dedicated to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, probably one of the most famous on the planet. It is located in the halls of the former palace of Archduke Charles, where Otto Nicolai, the founder of the orchestra in 1842, also lived. The rooms of this first floor are full of references to the Vienna Philharmonic (batons, scores, replicas, even its founding decree…) but also spaces to listen to some of its most famous interpretations. What our children liked most was the so-called ‘Waltz-Dice-Game’. On a screen you roll the dice virtually and you choose sound pieces and instruments to compose your own Viennese waltz in a very intuitive and fun way. Quite a success.
Experience a live music concert in Vienna
Sonosphere, an amazing journey through sound
The second floor of the Casa de la Música in Vienna is probably the one we all liked the most. The space they have called Sonosphere is dedicated to discovering and experimenting with different sound phenomena. How is sound produced? What are sounds made of and how can they become music? How does the human body perceive sound and music? The second floor will not only answer these questions, but also offers a variety of musical experiments and interactive exhibits that will delight the most curious and intrepid.
Through dozens of technological devices you will be able to relive thousands of sound sensations. For example, listening to the first musical experiences in the mother’s womb, experiencing how giant musical instruments sound, or discovering how our organs react to different sound stimuli. Visitors make an acoustic journey where we discover the world of sound that surrounds us, from simple sounds to complex vocal phenomena. You can hear the sounds of the Tokyo subway or those perceived by astronauts in space. Simply wonderful.
Greet the great composers of history
A space in the Vienna House of Music dedicated to the geniuses of universal music could not be missed. Here you’ll find rooms that focus on the lives and works of great masters such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss or Gustav Mahler to name but a few. In these spaces you will find historical documents, instruments, costumes, even personal items of these geniuses.
Another of the funniest places on this third floor is the kind of attraction where you can (try) direct the Vienna Philharmonic. From a lectern you can give orders to the musicians that from a screen obey the visitor, follow the rhythm and movements of your baton. We also liked a game called ‘Namadeus’, in which you can turn your name into original Mozart interpretations.
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A theatre for every type of artist
Teo and Oriol also liked the fourth and last plant very much. It is composed of different small stages (which also include space for the audience) in which there is a manipulative screen where you can direct your own concert or opera work. Musical stories, designing a stage for a concert or performing music are all within reach (never better said). With the movements and gestures of your hands you can compose your own multimedia opera.
There are experiences for adults but also material adapted to the smallest of the house. Our children were most enthusiastic about the so-called zoo concert in which different animals perform stories with some of the most famous musical compositions in history in the background.
Practical information about the Casa de la Música in Vienna: how to get there, timetables, prices
How to get to the Casa de la Música in Vienna
The House of Music is located at 30 Seilerstätte Street in the central Austrian capital, so it is very well connected to various means of transport. For example, if you want to get there by subway you can get to Stadtpark (line U4) and Karlsplatz (line U2). The Weihburggasse stop on tram line 2 is also nearby. However, if you want to get to the Vienna Music House by bus you can stop at Albertinaplatz (line 2A) or Kärntner Straße (line 2A). From any of the points we have mentioned the walking distance is less than 7 minutes and in some cases less than 5.
Access to the Music House is through the glass roofed inner courtyard of 30 Seilerstätte Street. Occasionally, the inner courtyard may not be accessible due to an event. In that case, access to the museum is located at 20 Annagasse Street.
Schedules of the House of Music Vienna
The Casa de la Música in Vienna is open every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., although the last visits are admitted at 9.30 p.m. On 24 December it opens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Prices of the House of Music Vienna
Children from 3 to 12 years old pay only 6 euros and children under 3 years old enter the museum free of charge. students (under 27 years old), retired people and people with reduced mobility can buy their tickets for 9 euros. there is also a pass for large families (2 adults and 3 children under 12 years old) for 29 euros. there are also night tickets (for access from 20:00 hours) which cost 6.5 euros.
What did you think of the visit to the House of Music in Vienna? Would you recommend us other places in Vienna to visit with children? We look forward to your advice in the comments. More information about the Austrian capital can be found on the official Vienna Tourism website and on the Visit Austria website in Spanish.