Haus der Musik (House of Music)
"Have you ever sung an aria in the shower at the top of your voice? Or stood in front of the CD player conducting your favorite orchestra with a chopstick or whatever was handy? Or emulated The Who's Pete Townsend with a tennis racket in a burst of 'air guitar'? If the answer to only one of these questions is 'yes,' the House of Music in Vienna is for you!"
That's the word from the Vienna Tourist Board, which hopes to make the (a.k.a. "The Sound Museum") as familiar to visitors as the Vienna Choir Boys, the Spanish Riding School, and Sachertorte. The board's press release for the museum continues:
Other musical fun
When you're ready to step off the conductor's podium, there are plenty of other activities to try in Vienna's Haus Der Musik.
Poke your head into a device that looks like a salon hairdryer, sing into the microphone, and view images that are harmonious or discordant according to your singing skills. (Try this before performing in a karaoke bar!)
Use the "Mind Forest" to create music by using your voice, hands, and body, or turn your impromptu compositions into sound in the "Future Music Blender." You can even take your music home on a CD.
Experience the first sounds that a prenatal infant experiences in the womb, hear the sounds of the universe, try the "sound gallery" (a pool of diverse sounds), and more.
If you prefer your music served up with seriousness, you can explore the Vienna Philharmonic Museum (which celebrates the history of the 150-year-old orchestra) and tour Genius Loci, a permanent exhibition with documents and memorabilia from the lives of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Johann Strauss, Mahler, and Schönberg.
The House of Music also has a café and a collection of shops where you can buy instruments, sheet music, recordings, and other musical wares.
Location and hours
The Haus der Musik is located at Seilerstätte 30 in the 1st District, between St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information (including admission fees), visit the English-language pages at Hausdermusik.com.
Information source: Vienna Tourist Board.
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