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Main image: Haus der Musik, Vienna. Photo: Inge Prader Left, from top to bottom: Sononsphere © Inge Prader Virtual Conductor © Inge Prader Waltz Dice Game © Inge Prader Zeitperlen (time pearls) © Wulz

spread over the courtyard and spanning four floors, each dedicated to experiencing the past, the present and the future of sound. “The Haus der Musik combines the musical heritage and the musical future in a globally unique way. Alongside from the historical elements, the interaction between natural and electronic sound creation, between analogue and digital, plays a vital role in our concept,” director Simon K. Posch explains. Visitors of all generations truly enjoy the interactive and playful journey of musical discovery offered in the form of exciting installations such as The Virtual Conductor, the Mozart name play Namadeus, the Waltz Dice Game, or the Virto Stage. Children are most welcome and the little visitors revel in playing gigantic instruments or making their own music with the help of a computer. School groups are flocking to enjoy the musical experience for all senses and, in some cases, one visit as a child to the Haus der Musik could spark a lifelong passion for music.

Discover the world of music The Haus der Musik in the heart of Vienna is an interactive award-winning sound museum offering visitors a new playful approach to music with a scientific note. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: HAUS DER MUSIK

Besides giving you a unique insight into the world of sound, fun and entertainment are guaranteed when strolling through the Haus der Musik. Housed in the spectacular former Palais of Archduke Charles, further residence of Otto Nicolai, composer of The

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Merry Wives of Windsor and original founding place of the Vienna Philharmonic concerts, the museum opened its doors in the year 2000 and is honorary chaired by none other than Maestro Zubin Mehta. 5,000 square metres of exhibition space are

Highlights in autumn include the HOMECOMING music festival on 20 September featuring indie stars like Garish, Gin Ga andVelojet. On 4 October and as part of the ORF Long Night of the Museums the Haus der Musik offers entry until 1am in the morning. A special attraction is the new KLANG:TEPPICH [SOUND:CARPET], which has been installed by multimedia artist Tobias Hermeling. Yet there is more to look forward to as in November the STAIRPLAY will be inaugurated, an exciting interactive piano staircase with 13 touch-sensitive steps. Parts of the museum are available for private hire in order to offer event organisers a fantastic backdrop and backing track for their special occasion. Come in and find out about the wonderful world of music.