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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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  • August 1, 2017
    So put in the wine pass time, and people like you keep old globe tried it so I don't know, something close to the hotel, a museum filled with left. If you have please
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  • July 26, 2017
    Visit a rainy Monday evening. Small pleasant Museum. There are all kinds of globes, of all times, small and the gigantic. Most are true works of art. The explanations are interesting easy to understand even in speaking little English.
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  • June 29, 2017
    We visited this museum as part of the combo ticket of the National Library of Austria, as well of decided to take advantage of it. It is not easy to identify it from the street as they are restoring the facade, but an ad enabled us to find place. The showroom is small, but contains a very interesting collection on different types of Globes and their use in science. The explanations are only in German and in English. At the end there is a tour desk in where interactively you can learn more about the subject. In the same building and the same input, you can visit the Museum of Esperanto, more tiny yet, but just as interesting.
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