Technisches Museum Wien – Let the adventures begin! 

Our first in-person TEDxVienna Salon event is approaching and we cannot wait to exchange ideas and explore Adventures Within Work. The event will take place at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum), our main sponsor this year. 

With over 22,000 m² of exhibition space, the over-a-century-old museum is the largest technical museum in Austria and one of the oldest museums of its kind.  

Short history of Technisches Museum Wien


Located in the Penzing district, at Mariahilferstraße 212, the Technisches Museum Wien (TMW) was opened in 1918. On 20 June 1909, Emperor Franz Joseph laid the foundation stone for the splendid Art Nouveau building to display the notable scientific and technical collection of the Habsburgs. 

However, the TMW does not only safeguard 160,000 historical objects and unique treasures; it is also firmly anchored in the present and the past. “Our mission is to reflect upon the technological developments and their contemporary effects on society. Hence, the museum also serves as a platform for public discourse and critical exchange,” said museum director Peter Aufreiter. 


“In order to arouse enthusiasm for science and technology, the museum offers fun and interactive ways to transfer knowledge, both on-site and online. We also want to encourage and enable our visitors to actively participate in shaping future developments. Thus, one of our major goals is promoting understanding and interest for the STEM fields,” Aufreiter added. 


This year, we will have the chance to use the innovative techLAB of TMW for Adventures Within Work edition. Something special will happen at the techLAB on the day of the event, September 20th. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… 

In the meantime, here are some cool things you can do at the techLAB: 

If you have never had the chance to see how 3D printing and laser engraving work, you will have the opportunity to do so at the techLAB. There, you can use 3D printers and laser cutters, as well as cutting plotters to implement your project, no matter how big or small it is. 

The Maker Space was set up as an interactive component of the “Work & Production. Thinking Ahead” exhibition and, due to popular demand, has become a fixture at the TMW. “Here you can try out innovative technologies and develop digital skills of the new Industry 4.0 professions. But even more important – you can get creative and make your own ideas become reality. Because there is a maker in all of us,” said Christopher Roither, who will be one of the expert explainers at our techLAB workshop. 

The techLAB offers several computer workstations where you can use open-source programs to save your project to continue working on it at home at your own pace. If you have a project in mind already, you can also use the techLAB to complete it. 

If you are completely new at this and need some guidance, you are more than welcome to use the nextgen * LAB platform, which offers lots of project ideas and tutorials. Use the platform to deepen your knowledge, get started with a simple project, get inspiration from other existing projects, and more. There’s plenty of training events and online workshops taking place, so make sure to check it out!

Robotics and AI

From November 19, 2020, the Vienna Technical Museum together with the BMK (Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation, and Technology) will host a special exhibition on Robotics and AI

The humanoid robot Cruzr, who will welcome visitors at the Robotic and AI exhibition this fall


“The exhibition will shed light on several myths surrounding Robotics and AI and will give visitors a transparent, reflective view of the utopias and hysteria that surround humanoid robots and autonomous systems. How can we use them to further social and technological upheavals and promote sustainable development? Together with our visitors, we dive into the black box of artificial intelligence and find fascinating algorithms, ingenious innovations and the timeless wishes of curious people,” said TMW museum director Peter Aufreiter. 

Let the adventures begin

As a TEDxVienna Salon 2020 attendee, you will have the opportunity to explore and discover the history behind different technology fields at TMW. “At the interface between past and future, the Technisches Museum Wien invites visitors to discover, experience and reflect on different fields of technology and their history,” according to the official website of TMW. 


So mark your calendars! TEDxVienna Salon 2020 – “Adventures Within Work” will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020, from 14.00 to 21.00. 

Tickets are available here:


Let the adventures begin! 




Photo credits:

Photo of Cruzr robot by UBTECH Robotics

techLAB pictures by Paul Bauer

Pictures of  the museum by Technisches Museum Wien

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About Juxhina Malaj

Juxhina is a published writer, book editor, and digital marketer who has traveled in over 20 countries and lived in 5 of them. She holds a B.A. degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the American University in Bulgaria and is currently finishing her Master's degree in Communication Science at the University of Vienna. When not engaged in research, she likes to oil paint, watch TV series, read (mostly detective fiction), and drink green tea. Rumour says she swears by Google Calendar and Google Docs.

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