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  • 19.02.2019
About House of Austrian History

A museum to celebrate a birthday

On 10th November 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the democratic republic of Austria, the House of Austrian History opened in the Hofburg in Vienna's Heldenplatz. Austrian Post is congratulating it with a commemorative stamp.

“We want to make history something that can be experienced and a place of dialogue,” saysMonika Sommer, the director of the House of Austrian History, also known as hdgö (from its German name Haus der Geschichte Österreich) for short. As the first museum of the contemporary history of the republic, it should enable us to get to grips with the multifaceted history of this country from the mid-19th century, but with a particular focus at present on the period from 1918 to the present day. Starting with the founding of the democratic republic in 1918, it addresses social changes and political fault lines, as well as asking questions which were of concern for Austria and Europe at that time and still are today.

In the House of Austrian History particular attention is paid to conveying information to children and young people: knowledge about the history of this country should promote the capacity to form critical and independent opinions. To this end, a comprehensive range of guided tours and events on various topics is available, as well as corresponding materials for use in lessons.

From the past to the present

The opening exhibition “Into the Unknown – Austria since 1918” will run until May 2020; the temporary exhibition “Only the Violins Remain. Alma and Arnold Rosé” until May 2019.

The starting point is the people’s experiences, the hopes and also the fears that foundingthe republic brought with it. Seven areas of focus deal with issues relating to the economy, the Nazi terror or the campaign for legal equality. Important documents, items from everyday life, digital exhibits and interactive media stations make it possible not only to document the past and the present but to enable people to actually experience them. Intended to be a discussion forum for Austria as a whole, through its range of educational offers and an innovative web platform the museum is opening up new perspectives on Austria past and present, always with a view to the future.