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“Egon Shiele house”

Egon Schiele Birth House
Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Tulln
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Due to construction works at the railway station, it is to be expected that the access is only with obstructions possible till the end of September.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 27 August 2015

A great little attraction and one well worth a visit. Could easily be missed as its in the old railway station in Tulln. A short walk from the main town.
Gives an insight into the childhood of Egon Schiele and life with his family and station master father.
Hardly anyone there when I visited and you have to guide yourself around the exhibition by following a planned route that outlines family life in this house. Worth the two Euros you have to pay. Well deserving of more, very good.

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Reviewed 20 July 2015

If you’ve gone to Vienna’s Leopold Museum to see its major collection of works by Egon Schiele and found yourself intrigued by the artist’s unconventional style, you might want to learn more about his life and times. You can do that at Schiele’s birth house in Tulln, 27 miles up the Danube and accessible by public transportation if you don’t have a car (see “Getting There,” at end of review.)

The exhibition is in English as well as German and tells a fascinating story that will help you understand the complex family, social, cultural and economic influences that shaped Schiele’s artistic evolution from child prodigy to mature artist whose international reputation had been assured when he died at age 28 during the great influenza pandemic of 1918.

To appreciate the museum’s exhibitions, here are few things you should know.

1. The museum is located on the second floor of the train station at Tulln-an-der-Donau, so If you arrive by train, you will already be there. Access to the stationmaster’s apartment where Schiele was born in 1890 and where the family lived until 1904 requires that the station attendant buzz you in. Look for the attendant, who can direct you. Once inside, you will go up the stairs and find the coin-operated entry to the apartment exhibitions. You’ll need one 2 Euro coin for each person visiting. Just drop the coin in the slot and the door will automatically open. Everything else is self-explanatory, with excellent English language interpretation.

2. Why did the family live here? Egon's father, Adolf, was the stationmaster, and the lodging came with the job. The apartment was large and quite well-furnished by the standards of the time. Let me note that the furnishings are not original. They are, however, period pieces resembling the heirlooms known to have been owned by Egon's sister Melanie, so they do evoke the family's living environment. Melanie and other family members left accounts of the apartment that have allowed the museum organizers to do a respectable recreation. To avoid any confusion as to authenticity, the period furniture is painted gray.

3. Besides the furnishings that give insight into the social and economic status of the stationmaster and his family, there are small collections of homely objects--toys and such--partly hidden behind several movable screens. You can touch them. They’re interesting in that they suggest the material life of all the occupants, including the children.

4. There is a good deal of text to read. Large “story-boards” in both German and English walk you through the details of Schiele’s complicated and sometimes difficult family history while also providing very useful context on Austrian society around the turn of the 20th century. Information is presented in a frank and forthright manner. I found the exhibition’s utterly unvarnished presentations to be its chief strength. The world in which Egon Schiele lived is not the world in which we live today. Both his family and his society were beset by serious problems, and the exhibit reveals some uncomfortable truths. The frank discussion may surprise or concern some visitors. But all visitors will come away with a better understanding of Schiele’s life and work, and that is the main point of an exhibition like this one.

5. The Birth House is the first major stop on what is called the “Egon Schiele Weg." This is a 3.6 km [2.2 mi.] walking trail with 13 different stops, each with an interpretive plaque in German and in English affixed to a large boulder-like stone that explains its significance in Schiele’s life. As you exit the station after visiting the apartment museum (heading away from the tracks and toward the town), you will see a large map detailing the route and its stops. There you will also find the plaque covering the train station where the museum is located. The proximity invites you to stroll along the numbered route and learn more. The sidewalks are embedded with red-and-white markers, “Egon Schiele Weg,” to help guide you, but they’re not always where you need them, so if you decide to walk the trail, be sure to get a brochure giving the map route or take a picture with your camera or phone to consult along the way. The loop trail ends where it began, so you can just get on the next train back to Vienna. The Egon Schiele Weg is an important and intentional supplement to the birth house museum’s exhibitions, so I recommend you take it to make the most out of your visit.

6. If you don’t have the time or inclination to follow the Egon Schiele Weg, you can access it in English online. Not only does the online version carry the full text for each stop, but it has fascinating supplemental information, including pictures and audio as well as the occasional video. To begin, just go to: http://erleben.tulln.at/en/schiele_weg_garten/. After you finish reading the introductory screen, click on the right arrow labelled “Bahnhof” meaning “Train station,” for the entry on the birthplace museum located there, and then just continue to click on the arrows at the bottom of the page to advance one-by-one to the other stops. It's easy. Looking at the site beforehand could help to prepare you for your museum visit or even to decide whether to make the trip there if you're not sure.

Overall, I was very impressed with this museum. I found its commitment to providing access for English language speakers, not only in the museum itself, but in the wonderfully informative "weg" with its amazing online English-language presence, to be unusually forthcoming and commendable. I highly recommend the Tulln experience for anyone who appreciates Schiele’s work and wants to know more about who he was and why he painted the way he did.

GETTING THERE: The Schnellbahn (train S-40) runs from Vienna to Tulln-an-der-Donau station, where the Schiele birth house is located. It originates at Franz Josef Station in Vienna, but you can pick it up too at Heiligenstadt station or Spittelau station, if one of these is more convenient. There are also regular OBB (Austrian Federal Railway) trains that will get you to Tulln in just over 20 minutes with fewer stops than the "local" S-40, which can take more than 40 minutes. The best thing to do is to visit an OBB office in any of the major stations, check the schedule for departures that include stops at Tulln/Donau, and then buy a ticket for the day you want to go there. Just get an open ticket, Vienna to Tulln/Donau, and you can use it on any of the trains going there, whether regular OBB or the S-Bahn. The cost for a round-trip ticket is 12.80 Euros.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

The museum is the old town prison. It's not very big, but the staff are very helpful. We were given a tour by the museum's security guard. Schiele was an infant prodigy. Quite a number of his drawings are on display here together with family items. The exhibition details his life and times. The cells are used as display rooms. Schiele did spend a short time here as he was detained for depicting pornographic images.
The town has an interesting Gothic church. It's a short drive from Vienna.

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Thank you for your massage. We are pleased that you entjoyed your stay in Tulln. I have to indicate, that you hade made an assessment for the Egon Schiele Museum in the article of the Egon Schiele-Birth house.

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