It is with great pride that we can report that in October 2009 we were awarded the Austrian Seal of Quality for Museums. This makes us one of 166 Austrian museums to have been found to meet international quality standards.
The Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna has been open to the public since March 2007 and has been “stampeded” especially by young people, but also by adults from across Austria and all over the world. On the “Long Night of Museums”, visitors queued for up to an hour and a half to see our exhibition.
The Seal of Quality for Museums was developed in 2002 by ICOM Austria (the Austrian National Committee of the International Council of Museums, a subsidiary organization of UNESCO, with headquarters in Paris) and was implemented in conjunction with the Austrian Museums Association, in order to distinguish true museums from all the rest. “True museums” take responsibility for protecting cultural heritage, ensure proper presentation and provide appropriate services for visitors. A museum is “a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment”. This definition forms the basis for the Museums’ Seal of Quality accreditation criteria.
Our opening times are Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 6pm. Tours are available outside those hours by prior arrangement (call +43/699/178 178 06).
Those who aren’t able to visit in person can take a virtual tour of the museum and access a comprehensive database of objects and books at our website, www.muvs.org. Thanks to international funding, we are in the process of translating our website into English.