Free entry to the Papyrus Museum of the Austrian National Library

Papyrus Museum

Vienna PASS Benefits:

Free entry to the Papyrus Museum of the Austrian National Library
Normal Price: Adult: € 5,00*; Child: free

*Combined ticket for the Globe, Esperanto and Papyrus Museum

The Papyrus Museum of the Austrian National Library has some 300 unique objects from three millennia of Egyptian culture on display. In addition to the Book of the Dead and mummy portraits, it is the papyri in numerous languages that make the museum famous: From spells on an amulet for protection against illnesses to a lease contract for an oil mill, they document the diversity of cultures on the Nile from the 15th century BC to the 15th century AD.


Highlights include the fully preserved mummy portrait of a woman from the 2nd century AD, which was painted on wood with the technique of encaustic painting, and the Book of the Dead of Taruma from the 2nd century BC. The two scrolls written in hieratic script have a total length of 8.6 metres and let us experience the religious beliefs and societal norms of Old Egypt. 

Did you know:

- All objects in the museum belong to the Papyrus Collection of the Austrian National Library, which has over 180,000 objects and is on the UNESCO world documentary heritage list? 

- The Book of the Dead of Sesostris from the 15th century BC displayed in the museum is the oldest object in the National Library?

Things to see:

See the unique fragment from the first chorus of the tragedy “Orestes” of the classical Greek poet Euripides. This papyrus document, written around 200-180 BC, contains lyrics as well as vocal and instrumental symbols. The Papyrus Museum allows visitors to listen to a modern interpretation of the song.

Special exhibitions:

The Papyrus Museum displays additional valuable objects from the Papyrus Collection in an annual special exhibition.

Special opening times

24 December: 10.00 - 15:00

How to get there:

    Underground: U1 Stephansplatz, U2 Museumsquartier, U3 Herrengasse
    Trams: 1, 2, 71, D Burgring
    Bus: 1A, 2A Herrengasse oder Michaelerplatz
    HOP ON HOP OFF: Red Line: Kunsthistorisches Museum/Heldenplatz

see the: full list of attractions included

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00

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Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien, Austria


+43 1 53410420