Our offer for schools covers dialogue-oriented guided tours with the MAK art education team on the following core themes in the MAK Permanent Collection, in the MAK DESIGN LAB, as well as in our temporary exhibitions.
TOURA tour through the museum provides an insight into every area of the collection. After a short introduction to the history of the building, we look around the MAK Permanent Collection, explain the presentation concept, and discuss individual exhibits. A journey through the centuries and an insight into the history of the museum make the tour a good basis for later exploring the museum alone.
VIENNA 1900The MAK Permanent Collection VIENNA 1900. Design / Arts and Crafts 1890–1938 presents the history of art nouveau in three rooms—its emergence, heyday, and progression. Focusing on Viennese Modernism and its protagonists, we carefully examine the Wiener Werkstätte and its rival, Adolf Loos. Together, we consider the question of why the Wiener Werkstätte no longer exists and in what direction arts and crafts developed in the period after World War I: a culture-historical journey through time with contemporary relevance.
MAK DESIGN LABThe MAK DESIGN LAB explores questions like “What is design to me?” and “Where is digitalization taking us?” With the aid of thematic areas, it is possible to connect design and everyday life: How strongly are we—and our environments—shaped by design? Everyday topics like Production, Cooking, Eating and Drinking, Sitting, Transporting, and Communicating enable a swift entry into the subject of “Design” and create a point of access to more complex questions.
ASIA and CARPETSThe Permanent Collection areas ASIA. China – Japan – Korea and Carpets are characterized by spectacular exhibition designs and new presentation concepts. The MAK has been working with a wide range of artists and architects on the concept for the rooms of its Permanent Collection since 1993. After a short introduction, we go into the features of the two rooms ASIA and Carpets as well as discussing the exhibition strategies. On the exhibit level, we shine a light on the history of each collection and bring home the strong non-European influence on the Western world. Both technical and artistic-philosophical concepts form the basis of our discussion.
BAROQUE TO BIEDERMEIER—and beyondThe focus of our attention is the way wood and porcelain are processed in the applied arts. We outline the history of porcelain before explaining the reasons why this “white gold” was so valuable. What is a veneer, what is marquetry, and what is intarsia? We have a look at the different ways that carpenters have processed wood in the course of history and what furniture belongs to what style. With the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing possibilities changed—for example the large-scale bending of wood from ca. 1850. If time allows, we will continue this exciting journey through the Permanent Collection Vienna 1900.
Temporary ExhibitionsWe also offer educational programs on the ongoing temporary exhibitions. Please go to the MAK website or contact us for more information. We will gladly cater to your wishes and put together an individually designed program especially for you.
MAK Branch GeymüllerschlösselVisit this stunning summer residence and its garden with your class in Vienna’s 18th district and immerse yourself in the Empire and Biedermeier period! Guided tours only. Advance booking required. Between May and November, Tue–Fri from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We additionally offer guided tours and workshops on the following topics:
- Food Culture—Everything about Eating
- Posters of All Kinds
- Animals in the MAK—on the Hunt for Wild Animals
- Colors in the Museum and How They Can Change Shapes: on the Trail of Pigments
- Material Comparison: Metal, Glass, Wood, Paper, and Textiles
- Sitting—Everything about Seating: from the Stool to the Club Armchair
- Fashion and Trends—Technology and Research
- Ornament: Where Does It Start, Where Does It Stop?
- Function and Design—Applied Art Then and Now
- Museum Stories: What Is the MAK, What Do the Exhibits Tell Us?
- Asia—a World of Its Own
- Orient: Woven, Knotted—Fantastic
AdmissionFree admission for children and young adults under 19
60 min. guided tour: € 75
90 min. guided tour: € 110
120 min. guided tour: € 150
Information and bookingMAK Educational Programs
Gabriele Fabiankowitsch (Head)
Florentina Prath, Thaddäus Stockert
T +43 1 711 36-298,