Today's Highlights

‘Music is poetry of the air’

For the pill’s fiftieth birthday (1960-2010), we would like to draw your attention to a song called ‘The Pill’, written in 1975 by country singer/songwriter Loretta Lynn (born in Kentucky in 1935). This was the first song that dealt with birth control. To read the lyrics and listen to the music, visit:


Another piece of music is about abortion: the British musician and actress Marianne Faithfull (born in London in 1946) sang ‘Down From Dover’, which was written by American country singer/songwriter Dolly Parton. It’s about the shame and despair of an unwanted pregnancy. Visit: to learn about it.


Visit our museum Wednesday to Sunday, 2 – 6 p.m., at Mariahilfer Guertel 37, 1150 Vienna, Austria (public-transport station Westbahnhof), or 24/7 at

By the way: we’ll be open for Vienna’s Lange Nacht der Museen (2 October 2010)!