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Maria Theresa: Strategist – Mother – Reformer

Jubilee Exhibition 2017

15.3. – 29.11.2017

One of the most important rulers in European history, Maria Theresa, is regarded as a reformer, and became a mythical figurehead even during her own lifetime. In a jubilee exhibition to mark the third centenary of her birth, the Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna (KHM-Museumsverband) in cooperation with Schlos Schonbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges. m. b. H. will explore at four different locations in Vienna and Lower Austria Maria Theresa’s momentous life and work.

Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna: High office and high spirits

The Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna will be looking at Maria Theresa’s image set against the conflicting priorities of her identity as a woman and as a ruling sovereign in a traditionally male-dominated role. Concurrently, magnificent coaches and carriages, liveries and gowns will recreate the splendour of formal court occasions and exuberant festivities.

Vienna Imperial Furniture Collection: Family & legacy

In the ‘Hofmobilieninspektion’, an institution founded by Maria Theresa in 1747 to administer the court holdings of furniture, the exhibition examines the family circle, the personal destinies and the dynastic marriage policy pursued by Maria Theresa together with the legacy of her status as a mythic figure that continued long after her death.

Schloss Hof: Alliances & enmities

Around 1775 Maria Theresa had a dower apartment furnished for herself at Schloss Hof, her country residence in Lower Austria. On the piano nobile of the palace the exhibition deals with her initial difficulties in establishing her rule, wars and peace agreements, losses and gains of territory as well as Maria Theresa’s powerful creative political will.

Schloss Niederweiden: Modernization & reforms

Also located in the Marchfeld region of Lower Austria, the small and intimate Schloss Niederweiden was used for hunting parties and celebrations. At this exhibition venue the focus will be on the major domestic reforms enacted by Maria Theresa that were to change the state substantially.

Opening hours:

15 March – 29 November 2017 daily

Schönbrunn Palace and
Vienna Imperial Carriage Museum:

9 am - 5 pm
Imperial Furniture Collection, Schloss Hof,
Schloss Niederweiden :

10 am - 6 pm





Museum of Carriages and Department of Court Uniforms
Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

Opening hours
daily 9 am - 5 pm

Admission till 15 minutes before closing time.

Holiday opening hours

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