HANDS UP – Immerse yourself in the world of the Deaf

What is it like to live without hearing? Try it now in our new exhibition in the heart of Vienna! Immerse yourself for one hour in the Deaf world. Without hearing or talking, you walk through our exhibition – on your own or accompanied by / with a Deaf guide.

Facial Expressions & Body Language

Discover how much you can express visually – with your face and your body.

Sign Language

Find out which simple Signs you can recognise easily and which ones are more difficult – take part in our quiz!

Being Deaf

Understand what becomes more difficult in everyday life when you are deaf and what technology can be used to make life easier– and of course, there are also times when it is simply more convenient to be able to talk with your hands.

Deaf Culture & Music

Experience first-hand how deaf people perceive music –and watch poetry, literature or news in Sign Language.

Opening hours

Regular opening hours

Tuesday to Thursday: 9am – 6pm (last tour at 5pm).
Friday: 9am – 5pm (last tour at 4pm).
Saturday: 10:30am – 5pm (last tour at 4pm).

Further opening hours for group bookings on request.

Public holidays:

Wednesday 1.st of May Austrian national holiday: closed
Thursday 30.th of May Ascension Day: closed
Thursday 20.th of June Corpus Christi: OPEN (1pm – 7pm)


Tuesday 9.th until Tuesday 23rd. July: closed

Opening hours during Summer

Wednesday, 24.th of July until Saturday, 31.st of August 2019
Tuesday to Thursday: 1pm – 7pm. (last tour at 6pm).
Friday: 1pm – 5pm (last tour at 4pm).
Saturday: 1pm – 5pm (last tour at 4pm).


Single Tickets Price per Person
Adults € 18,00
Students <27 (Professional or Post Secondary & Tertiary Education), Seniors > 60, People with Disabilities € 15,50
Students <19 (Primary or Secondary Education or during mandatory civil or military service) € 13,50
Family Package Price per Person
per child <15 (minimum one child) € 12,50
per adult (maximum two parents / guardians / adult relatives) € 15,50
School Groups Price per Person
Category 1
Schools of general education (primary or secondary education, as a class), at least 7 pupils, <19
€ 09,50
Category 2
for groups of at least 8 people from institutions of professional/vocational education (apprenticeship etc.) or pupils aged > 18, as well as non-school youth groups
€ 13,50
Category 3
for groups of at least 8 people from post-secondary and tertiary institutions (i.e. colleges, universities)
€ 15,50


The easiest and fasted way to book is to call us at: +43 (0) 1 890 60 60.

The hotline is administered by our cooperation partner “Dialogue in the Dark”. When booking, please simply mention that you would like to visit “HANDS UP”.

Deaf visitors can book via e-mail: booking@handsup.wien. Please mention if you (or parts of your group) are deaf – and of course that you would like to book “HANDS UP”.

Please also note our opening hours, when planning your visit.

You can now also buy gift vouchers for HANDS UP!

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We also recommend you visit: Dialogue in the Dark

While you are at HANDS UP, why not also visit our partner exhibition “Dialogue in the Dark”. You won’t see anything at all there! Visitors are led by blind or visually impaired guides through completely darkened rooms to experience what is might be like to be blind.


Beti Marak


Ido Kashanovsky-Resl


Alicia Eliskases


Rachel Winter


Andreas Rothe


Zdravko Vujicic


Victoria Horvat

Project Manager

Zdravko Vujicic



HANDS UP – Immersion in the World of the Deaf

Schottenstift, Freyung 6 (1st Court, Basement Floor), 1010 Vienna, Austria

By public transport

Version 1: Station Schottentor

Take theU2, trams D, 1, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44; 1a, or 40a bus to the station Schottentor.Take the “Schottengasse” exit. Walk approximately 150m along Schottengasse (with your back to the big church / Votivkirche). Then turn left into Helfersdorferstraße and after 10m (right next to the Raiffeisen Bank), go through the small entrance into the courtyard of the Schottenstift abbey. Walk straight on for 70m – after the two beer gardens you can see our stairway on the left-hand side: you will find us one floor down, below the ground.

Version 2: Station Herrengasse

Take the U3, 2a or 3a bus to the station Herrengasse

Take the “Herrengasse” exit. After approximately 20m on the Fahnengasse (opposite direction to the underground exit), you will reach the Herrengasse. Turn right, and walk along the Herrengasse for about 250m (past Cafe Central). After the parking garage entrance, the Herrengasse crosses Freyung. You can see the Schottenkirche (on the right-hand side – a big, yellow church). Walk through the big archway on the left of the church into the courtyard of the Schottenstift abbey. Right afterwards, you will see our stairway straight-ahead (in the middle of courtyard): you will find us one floor down, below the ground.

By car

Monday – Friday (working days) from 9am until 10pm, parking charges apply in the first district (parking tickets are compulsory and can be bought from tobacco shops (Trafik) or via mobile phone if you register at www.handyparken.at). Outside of these hours, you do not need to pay. Please read the “small print” on the road signs – some surrounding parking lots are reserved for residents.

On the crossing Herrengasse & Freyung, that is directly opposite of our entrance, there is a Wipark Garage. Parking costs 4 Euros per hour (information provided without guarantee!).

Visiting with a wheelchair

Dear wheelchair users, Unfortunately, we cannot currently accommodate wheel chair users as visitors due to technical reasons and requirements by the authorities. We are working on solving this as soon as possible.

We take great care to ensure our exhibition is fully accessible so that everyone – regardless of disabilities – can visit us. However, we would kindly ask you to let us know when booking so we can plan smaller groups if necessary.