The Globe Museum of the Austrian National
Library, the only such Museum worldwide opens to the public on December
1, 2005 in the newly refurbished premises in Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9, within the historic center
of Vienna. PHOTOS!!!
Open from 1 December 2005: Wien 1,
Herrengasse 9, Palais Mollard, Mon - Wed,
Fri - Sat 10.00 - 14.00, Thurs 15.00 - 19.00
new exhibition of the unique museum presents 240 different globes and
globe-related instruments. There are displays explaining the different
types and functions of the terrestrial and celestial globes, and the
traditional methods of globe making is also demonstrated, with the
examples of the large Coronelli globes.
Beyond the fascinating history of globes, starting with the
unique copy of Gemma Frisius'
1538 terrestrial globe, its engraver's own globe is represented as a
virtual globe, created by Andreas Riedl. Visitors can turn,
magnify and compare the 1540 globe of Mercator
with the modern globe on the touch screen, which is placed behind the
case protecting original Mercator globe pair (1541-1551). The last
room, the chamber of the globe collectors' present the finest pieces of
famous Austrian private collections (Wohlschlager,Schmidt,
am grateful to Prof. Ingrid Kretschmer, who invited me for the
special occasion offered by the Austrian National Library to visit of
the museum before its opening. Many thanks to curator Jan Mokre,
who allowed me to take some photos (without flash, of course).