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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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  • Housed in the former Mollard-Clary Palace, this gives 2 museums for the price of one. Very quiet and calming. The globe museum charts the history and use of globes, from their oldest globe made in 153...  more »
  • I’m so glad we happened across this museum which is the world’s largest collection of globes, said to be around 600 with approximately 200 on display at any given time, the oldest dating from 1536! Th...  more »
  • A great museum if you're into globes. A visit might well get you into them if you're not already. We were the only people in there when we visited but enjoyed it massively. Lots of interesting info ab...  more »