Josephinum information

Vienna , Austria
09, Währinger Strasse 25
Getting there
Metro: Währinger Strasse/Volksoper
More information
adult/child €2/1, guided tours €3
Opening hours
10am-6pm Fri-Sat, tour 11am Fri
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The prime exhibits of the Museum of Medical History on the 1st floor of the building are ceroplastic and wax specimen models of the human frame, created more than 200 years ago. They were used in the Academy of Medico-Surgery, an institution instigated by Joseph II in 1785 to improve the skills of army surgeons who lacked medical qualifications.

Three rooms of this gory lot will make you feel like you’ve wandered onto the set of a horror movie. A book is open at ‘The Common Causes of Sadism,’ another depicts common positions of those who hang themselves. Hold down your breakfast and take a wander through this intriguing exhibition. It includes a large collection of medical instruments (plus a first aid kit more likely to be a last resort), photos and an interesting collection of paintings depicting operations.