During the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph the Imperial-Royal Furniture Depository was the central storage facility for the furniture and furnishings owned by the Habsburg family. Today it is one of the largest collections of furniture in the world, housing some 165,000 objects.
The collection is dedicated to the renovation, preservation and administration of its holdings, and is open to the general public as a museum. On display is furniture from more than three centuries, ranging from imperial furnishings, furniture from various stylistic eras including the Biedermeier and Historicist eras and the Vienna Modern movement to contemporary furniture design. It also mounts temporary exhibitions which are devoted to the history of architeture, design and twentieth-century furniture.
The building has also undergone visible transformation in terms of its appearance: for the opening of the musem in 1998 it was given an attractive modern exterior designed by Italian star architect Alessandro Alverà.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION - German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History
The Vienna Furniture Museum presents the panoramic overview of post-war design in the two Germanies. From 13 September 2023 to 14 January 2024, the exhibition "German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History" will offer a comparative selection of design from East and West Germany and explore ideological and aesthetic differences as well as parallels and interrelations between East and West. Exhibits range from iconic pieces of furniture and lamps to graphic, industrial, and interior design to fashions, textiles, and personal ornaments.
This ticket admits the visitor to the Vienna Furniture Museum, a furniture collection that has no parallel anywhere in the world.