World Museum Vienna to open on 25 October

Former Museum of Ethnology will feature artefacts from five continents.
The Weltmuseum Wien, formally the Museum of Ethnology, is set to reopen on 25 October as the Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna) after a three-year reconstruction.
The museum's 14 galleries will contain cultural treasures from five continents, including 200,000 artefacts, 25,000 photographs, 136,000 printed works and over 300km of film, as well as spaces for exhibitions by contemporary artists.
The museum will showcase the history, culture, art and daily life of predominantly non-European peoples, examining Austria's links with the rest of the world.
The collection will include rarities such as an Aztec feathered headdress and a 17th-century metal statue of Buddha Shakyamuni that once stood in an imperial palace near Beijing. To celebrate its opening the museum will be free to visit until midnight on 25 October and from 13.00-21.00 on 26 October. After that its normal ticket price will be €12 for adults but children and teenagers are free. 
The Museum of Ethnology evolved from the Anthropological-Ethnographical department of the Natural History Museum, becoming an independent museum in 1928 before closing its doors for refurbishment in late 2014. For more details see website.

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