Celebrating 30 Years

30 Years of the Az W

Let's celebrate!

Fri 30.06.2023, 15:00-22:00
Many colourfully dressed people in front of a brick wall, confetti flying through the air and the number 30 stuck to the wall

30 years of the Az W
© photograph: Katharina Gossow

For 30 years, the Architekturzentrum Wien has been showing what architecture can do, and what education, research and a collection can achieve. To mark this anniversary, we are opening up the entire building and inviting visitors to take a look behind the scenes of the museum's multifaceted work.

In 1993 the Architekturzentrum Wien opened in what was then the Messepalast trade fair centre. This was the beginning of a success story. Three decades later, the Az W has long since become one of the world’s leading architecture museums and plays a decisive role in shaping the architectural discourse. On around 2,200 square metres in the MQ, the Az W engages with current issues and the future, and always sees itself as a bridge between the professional world and everyday expertise. Have you ever wondered how an exhibition is created, how people work in a collection, what can be done in a museum’s workshop, or how to reach the Az W’s attic? From 15:00, you are all cordially invited to see the Az W from a different perspective. There is a gathering of international and local voices for the official part of the evening, after which it’s partytime in the courtyard.


All Open Az W from 15:00
Admission free, Join in at any time

Library: Bookbinding Workshop
Workshop: Build your own Insect Hotel
Staatsratshof: Starting point for the Az W Treasure Hunt
Sattlerhof: Building Neighbourhoods with Lego
Yasmeen Lari exhibition: Information About The Future
Gallery: eSeL Photo Station — What can Architecture do for the Future?

15:30 & 17:30 Permanent Exhibition A special guided tour — at ground level and on the first floor
15:00 & 17:00 Special excursion „On Stables, Trade Fairs and Museums“ Excursion of the MQ and the Az W premises and grounds

Free ice cream for all children to celebrate the end of term!

19:00 Anniversary Ceremony

Andrea Mayer State Secretary for Arts and Culture
Michael Ludwig Mayor and Governor of Vienna
Veronica Kaup-Hasler Executive City Councillor of Vienna for Cultural Affairs and Science (Video greeting)
Hannes Swoboda President of the Az W
Angelika Fitz Director of the Az W
Karin Lux Executive director of the Az W

… and many others

Moderation: Anna Soucek, Journalistin Ö1

Followed by a party in the Az W-courtyard!

Az W 30 Jahre