Creative gifts from Vienna’s museum shops
Vienna’s museum shops are not just about coffee-table books and exhibition catalogues; they also have the widest choice of gifts, from designer items and amusing accessories to quirky ornaments for the home. They are also a good place to purchase souvenirs and mementos on Sundays, when most shops are closed. After all, what better time than the holidays to leisurely browse for items like key rings, outlandish biscuit forms or rubber ducks for the bathtub? Whatever their utility, they remain an abiding reminder of your visit and offer a welcome splash of colour in the home.
A real conglomeration of museums and museum shops can be found in the MuseumsQuartier. It’s well worth taking a look round when you purchase a ticket at the MQ Point. Apart from luggage tags, travel bags and designer passport covers, you can also find fashion items. August’s designer of the month is the woman behind the Berlin ‘mio animo’ label. There are lots of products marking the tenth anniversary of the MuseumsQuartier, including cocoa mugs or t-shirts with the MQ logo. For those who would like to take back a culinary titbit, the MQ Point has a selection of jams as well as various pestos.
Jugendstil fans will find what they are looking for at the Leopold Museum, the undisputed number one in the MQ and just a few steps from the MQ Point. After looking at the world’s foremost Egon Schiele collection, you can rummage through the vast collection of art postcards, fabrics, jewellery and designer articles featuring Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka themes.
For those who are more interested in imperial Vienna, there are ‘Sisi Shops’ devoted to Empress Elisabeth in Schönbrunn, the Hofburg and the Imperial Furniture Collection with jewellery, imperial porcelain and snow globes with majestic themes.
The sound of cooking
Music is the food of love and also has its place in the kitchen for that reason. The shop at Haus der Musik has aprons, oven cloths and pasta in the shape of musical notes for serving on piano-patterned tableware. At Mozarthaus Vienna there are Mozart refrigerator magnets and the appropriate background music.
Haus der Musik: 1., Seilerstätte 30; www.hdm.at
Mozarthaus Vienna: 1., Domgasse 5; www.mozarthausvienna.at
The Wien Museum shop has plenty of gift ideas with a Viennese theme. Bestsellers include doorplates with quotes by famous authors like Peter Altenberg. There are also books about Vienna and items for kids, among the most popular of which are the cut-out sheets with clothes for dressing up figures.
4., Karlsplatz; www.wienmuseum.at
The MAK Design Shop is a must for style lovers. Highlights include the ashiato wooden sandals from the Japanese kiko+ label, which leave unusual animal footprints. The biodegradable tableware from zuperzozial is idea for a hip party. The shop is open on the Tuesday MAK Nite until midnight.
1., Stubenring 5; shop entrance in August around the corner in www.mak.at
The most colourful museum shop is probably at Kunst Haus Wien, the museum in the style of Friedensreich Hundertwasser which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. There you will find all kinds of kaleidoscopic souvenirs to take home, from multicoloured socks and umbrellas to jigsaw puzzles and porcelain ware.
3., Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13; www.kunsthauswien.at