The 100th anniversary of the death of the longest-serving Habsburg emperor will be marked in 2016 by a number of exhibitions that deal with various aspects of his life and reign. An overview:
16 March - 27 November 2016, 4 locations
People and Ruler: This exhibition in the Habsburg’s summer residence focuses on Franz Joseph as a private individual. It looks at his forebears and offspring, his childhood and upbringing and the defining moments in his life including his coronation in 1848, his engagement and marriage to Elisabeth (aka Sisi) as well as the Austro-Hungarian compromise and its consequences. The Man & Monarch exhibition can be seen in the exhibition rooms on the ground floor of Schönbrunn Palace.
Imperial Coach Collection
Prestige & Modesty: Majesty & Modesty brings the imperial legend to life by looking at all aspects of transport from the majestic to the everyday. It features carriages and clothing used by the monarch. A collection of beautifully preserved state coaches, intricate riding tack, magnificent
Imperial Furniture Collection
Party & Everyday Life: This exhibition contrasts Franz Joseph’s modest personal demands with the opulent lifestyle he was obliged to represent in his official role as head of state. Formal receptions and carefully choreographed trips were a significant part of his office. This special show at the Imperial Furniture Collection, one of the world’s largest repositories of furniture, takes a critical look at some of the myths and legends surrounding Franz Joseph via a selection of media.
Niederweiden Palace (Lower Austria)
Hunting & Leisure: The Hunting & Recreation exhibition at Schloss Niederweiden in Lower Austria explores Franz Joseph’s private passion for the sport and provides a fascinating insight into the political significance of the Habsburg hunting grounds.
Combined ticket for all 4 exhibitions: €25
Opening hours for the duration of the exhibition:
Schönbrunn Palace & Imperial Coach Collection, daily 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Imperial Furniture Collection & Niederweiden Palace, daily 10.00 am - 6.00 pm