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Our holdings

Our holdings include: 

  • Portrait collections of Emperor Francis I and Prince Eugene of Savoy: about 200,000 graphical representations of people from ancient times to the present day
  • Images of historic events, landscapes and towns, natural history illustrations
  • Art collection of the Swiss physiognomist Johann Caspar Lavater: approx. 22,000 works of art
  • Book plates from the 15th to the 20th century
  • Photographs from the fields of architecture, portraits, reportage, theatre and travel
  • Austrian posters and flyers from 1900 onwards
  • 1914–1918 wartime collection: documenting the events of the war
  • The former Familien-Fideikommissbibliothek of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and its archives
  • Marks of homage to the imperial family: examples of the art of Historicism and the Jugendstil
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Due to the minimum distance required by the authorities, currently not all seats are available in the reading rooms. The capacity indicator serves as an orientation for your visit


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