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Globe Museum, Vienna

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The Globe Museum, in the Palais Mollard, Vienna, Austria, is part of the Austrian National Library. It was opened in 1956, and is the only public museum in the world devoted to globes, being three-dimensional models of Earth or other celestial bodies, or spherical representations of the celestial sphere.HistoryAs early as the 19th century, there was a globe collection within the Vienna Imperial Library, the forerunner to the Austrian National Library. The globes in this collection were acquired either as purchases or as gifts (for example, Vincenzo Coronelli created two globes especially for Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor from 1658 to 1705, with each globe having an engraved portrait of the Emperor and an inscription).In 1921, the geographer, Eugen Oberhummer, conducted an inventory of the collection and found eight globes of various sizes (both terrestrial and celestial), and two armillary spheres. In 1922, these globes were transferred to the National Library's map collection where, by 1948, there were already 28 globes. In the annual report of the director of the collection in 1948, it was noted that the globes were among the collection's most rarely-used items.In 1956, the National Library opened the Globe Museum with a total of 63 exhibits. Its foundation collection was a combination of the imperial collection and the collections of The International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes, and the cartographer Robert Haardt, who had been instrumental in the museum's establishment.
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  • This collection of rare and unique I think Globes. It is good to take a break of less than an hour to see objects that you definitely do not often find themselves around.
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  • Let me start by saying my passion for Globes and geography. But this great little Museum is really worth seeing whether you intend to, and for those who do not intend to. The explanations are in English. Many terrestrial and celestial globes, large and small, are exhibited in this museum. Nice indeed for those who want to learn something different. the photos are accepted
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  • I had read about this globe Museum, unique in the world, and decided purposely to go there. We were five visitors in total but I have to say I found curiosity and updates about Globes that I didn't know. Interesting the first room where there are interactive PCs that tell you what is a globe, as you build and other interesting news that absolutely do not know. There are also Lunar and terrestrial globe inflatable globe for explorers. You don't need a reservation and at the entrance there is also a cloakroom with lockers. You can take pictures without a flash and while visiting needs to respect the silence and speak quietly. I personally liked.
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