The Museum of Ethnology is one of the most important of its kind in the world. It developed out of the Anthropological-Ethnographical Department of the Natural History Museum, and has been housed in this part of the Hofburg Palace since 1928. Its oldest exhibits were already acquired in the 16th century, and found their way via Ambras Castle in the Tyrol to the Imperial Collection in Vienna.
The Museum of Ethnology Vienna (MVK), situated in the Corps de Logis-part of the Neue Burg, was opened to the public on 25 May 1928. With the opening of the new museum the ethnographic collection was separated from the Museum of Natural History, which was established in 1889.
Hall of Columns
The sumptuous Hall of Columns provides an unforgettable setting for gala dinners, cocktails, receptions, readings, or concerts. But this room featuring impressive frescoes and a glass ceiling is equally suited as a venue for the presentation of books, companies, or their products.
A grand staircase leads up to the Gallery on the first floor which can also be used for receptions.
Cocktail: 50-400 persons
Dinner: 50-200 persons