New museum in Vienna inside Urania building from December, 10, 2018

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It has been announced that from December, 10, 2018, Urania will be the new location for the Kindertransport Museum of Vienna. The museum will tell a history that not many locals know about, and that is unknown for foreigners.

Urania building was built in Art Nouveau style next to the Wien River by architect Max Fabiani, a student of Otto Wagner.

This one will be the world’s first permanent museum dedicated to the story of the Kindertransport (the German-language name for the organized shipment of Jewish children), a rescue mission helped to ship approximately 10,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to England between 1938 and 1939.

The museum is to open in the center of the Austrian capital on December 10, the 76th anniversary of the departure of the first group of Jewish children from Vienna as part of the Kindertransport, often by their own parents, out of areas controlled by Nazis or in threat of coming under their control, to save the children from the Holocaust.

The exhibition will host posters of suitcases with objects that children who survived the Holocaust thanks to the Kindertransport took with them when they left.

about Urania, a beautiful Art Nouveau building

The building opened in 1910 as an educational facility with a public observatory. During World War II it was severely damaged and the dome and the observatory were destroyed. After its reconstruction, it reopened in 1957.

Nowadays it contains seminar rooms in which wide-ranging classes and lectures are given, a movie theater that screens at the annual Viennale movie festival. It also hosts a restaurant.

Vienna is the center of Secession, the name that Art Nouveau receives in this area of Europe. CLICK HERE to find out about the private tours for small groups that we organise in Vienna. They are exclusive and unique tours run by licensed local tour guides who are experts and love Art Nouveau style.

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