Globe Museum – The Only One of its Kind in the World

Vienna’s Globen Museum is the only Globe Museum in the World:

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Globe Museum © Globenmuseum / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Vienna’s Globe Museum (Globen Museum in German) is the only one of its kind in the world.  Administered by the Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library), the Globe Museum is housed in the Palais Mollard, a beautifully restored palace in the first district, just a short walk from the Hofburg.

Exhibits in the Globe Museum

For globe connoisseurs, Vienna’s Globe Museum is home to 240 exquisite period terrestrial and celestial globes showing the earth, planets, moon and other heavenly bodies. The exhibits illustrate how advances in cartography and cosmography shaped the way that people saw the world, both figuratively and literally.  A separate department of studies holds a further 350 globes.

The Collectors’ Cabinet presents various permanent loan pieces from Viennese private collections, including the oldest globe in Austria, a terrestrial model made by Gemma Frisius (ca. 1536).

Map Department

In the Map Department is technical literature on the study of globes. The Department administers about 275,000 maps, 240,000 geographic-topographic views, 80 reliefs and models of fortresses, and about 75,000 volumes of technical literature and atlases.

Guided tours of the Globe Museum are available for visitors who want to know more about the globes and this unique Vienna museum.

Address:
Globe Museum
Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9
1010 Vienna

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