Friends of the Belvedere

The Friends of the Belvedere is a non-profit society comprised of art lovers who share the common goal of promoting and supporting the endeavors of the Belvedere. As a member, you will enjoy 365 days a year of world-famous art as well as a variety of other perks. Interested in art and want to experience exhibitions and museum activities up close? Then you have come to the right place. We look forward to having you as a member!

Two hands are holding a membership card
Photo: Ouriel Morgensztern © Belvedere, Vienna

Membership Categories and Perks

Friends of the Belvedere members pay an annual membership fee, which varies according to category. Proceeds are primarily invested into the acquisition fund for the Belvedere collection, but may also be used for charitable purposes, such as for guided tours to benefit residents of women's shelters. In return, members receive many exclusive benefits:

  • Free priority admission to all of the collections and exhibitions at the Belvedere and the Belvedere 21

  • Invitations to exhibition openings 

  • Posted copy of the Belvedere magazine and JOURNAL 21 (in German)

  • Friends newsletter with exclusive discounts and offers

  • Free participation in the Belvedere’s public tours and program

  • Discounts on the museum’s special programs

  • Tours and program of events exclusively for Friends

  • Free audio guides

  • Discounts at partner institutions

  • 2 guest passes each year for Friends events


Junior Friend

up to the age of 30

  • Exclusive guided tours only for Junior Friends
  • Exclusive events only for Junior Friends

Senior Friend

for seniors over the age of 65

  • Reduced admission to Blickle Kino
  • 5 % discount at Belvedere shops
  • 5 % discount at Belvedere restaurants


Free admission

  • Reduced admission to Blickle Kino
  • 5 % discount at Belvedere shops
  • 5 % discount at Belvedere restaurants

Friend and Partner

two persons living in the same household

  • Reduced admission to Blickle Kino
  • 5 % discount at Belvedere shops
  • 5 % discount at Belvedere restaurants

Supporting Friend

Free admission for an accompanying person of your choice

  • Free Belvedere exhibition catalogue of your choice
  • Reduced admission to Blickle Kino
  • 10 % discount at Belvedere shops
  • 10 % discount at Belvedere restaurants

Sustaining Friend

Free admission for two accompanying persons of your choice

  • € 500.- donation to be invested in specific museum programs
  • Free Belvedere exhibition catalogue of your choice
  • Reduced admission to Blickle Kino
  • 15 % discount at Belvedere shops
  • 15 % discount at Belvedere restaurants
  • VIP tickets to events of selected co-operation partners

Refer a Friend

Bring your friends and enjoy art together!

As a Friend of the Belvedere, you can bring your guests to the guided tours and events of the society; it's this simple:

Photo: Ouriel Morgensztern © Belvedere, Vienna
  • Register yourself and your guest* for a Friends of the Belvedere guided tour
  • Fill in the vouchers sent by mail
  • Hand in your voucher at the ticket office of the museum
  • Pick up free admission tickets and together enjoy the "Friends" guided tour

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For every new member recruited, we return the favor with a free exhibition catalogue.

*2 guests per year per member

Exclusive Discounts and Partner Institutions

As a Friend, you are permanently entitled to reduced admission fees at the following institutions:

  • Kunsthistorisches Museum 
  • Lentos Linz
  • Museum der Moderne Salzburg
  • Austrian National Library

As an exclusive perk, you are invited to visit the exhibition Faistauer, Schiele, Harta & Co. Painting Connects Us at the Salzburg Museum/Neue Residenz, free of charge.



Photo: Ouriel Morgensztern © Belvedere, Vienna

Our dedicated team of volunteers has been supporting the Belvedere through their active and committed work at the information desk for many years. The info-desk is open all year round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and serves visitors from Austria and abroad as a point of contact for a wide variety of questions about the museum, art history, and tourism, as well as membership and programs organized by the Friends of the Belvedere.

To strengthen our team, we are always looking for gracious and reliable individuals with a keen interest in art.  In addition to German and fluent English, knowledge of other foreign languages is a plus. PC, Internet, and MS Office literacy is essential. Our team members work at least twice a month for 3.5 hours at the information desk. In return for your commitment, we extend our gratitude with a complimentary Supporting Membership to the Friends of the Belvedere, allowing you to enjoy a wide range of benefits.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Belvedere information desk, please contact the Friends of the Belvedere office.

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The Society


Öl auf Holz 
  65 x 82 cm
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, On Corpus Christi Morning, 1857
On loan from the Society of Friends of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

The Austrian State Gallery Society was founded in 1912 by Dr. Dörnhöffer, then director of the Austrian State Gallery. Its objective was to support the museum in its collecting activities by purchasing paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries (the contemporary art of the period). At its foundation, Paul Ritter von Schoeller was president of the society, Dr. Felix von Oppenheimer was vice-president, and the director of the Staatsgalerie was a member of the board. The member list included some 40 names from aristocracy and industry, among them Ferdinand Bloch (later Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer), Prince Johann von und zu Liechtenstein, Viktor Ritter von Mautner Markhof, Alexander Markgraf Pallavicini, and General Director Viktor Zuckerkandl.

The first painting the newly founded society purchased for the museum was On Corpus Christy Morning by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (listed then in the museum's holdings as Inv. No. LG1).

According to the group's first activity report, several of the gentlemen, among them Ferdinand Bloch, each acquired a lifelong membership by paying a very high one-off sum. The first women to join this exclusive circle were Hermine Wittgenstein (1916), sister of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Princess Marie von Thurn und Taxis (1917).

The society grew steadily and in the 1920s its membership list covered several pages. In the years following, the society took care of all national museums, up until the year 2000: in this year, national museums were transformed into scientific institutions under public law, and, with the reorganization, the Friends of the Belvedere was established.

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Society Board

The full name of the society is Verein der Freunde der österreichischen Galerie Belvedere [Society of the Friends of the Austrian Gallery, Belvedere], ZVR registration number 086757716. The society is comprised of the president, an executive board, and an honorary president. Together they manage the affairs of the organization. A general assembly convenes every two years, when each member is cordially invited to exercise their right to vote.


Society Address:

Verein der Freunde der Österreichischen Galerie Belvedere
Prinz Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Wien
T: +43 1 795 57 301


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Board of Directors

Stella Rollig
, Director

Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Krainer
, Society President

Dr. Ursula Hieke, First Vice President

Dr. Otto Wächter, Second Vice President

Mag. Alexander Leitgeb



Members of the Board

Franz-Christoph Khevenhüller

Alix Miller-Aichholz

Madeleine Rohla-Strauss

Mag. Markus Wiesenhofer

Dr. Monika Isola

Karoline Sederl-Bartosch 




DI Mag. Friedrich Rödler

Mag. Johannes Mörtl



Honorary Board

(2000 bis 2007)

Ambassador Emeritus Dr. Christoph Cornaro

(2008 bis 2013)

Dr. Christian Dorda


Enquiries & Contact

Helene von Taussig, Stillleben mit Blumenkrug, um 1920 © Belvedere, Wien


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