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Established in 2015, the American Friends of the Vienna Museum raises public awareness of and financial support for the museum’s vast collections. Specifically, the AFVM supports the museum’s newly enhanced exhibition program, conservation of the collection, and exhibitions and collection exchanges between the Vienna Museum and museums in the United States. 


The AFVM's funding projects have included restoring and expanding the home of Ludwig van Beethoven in time for the celebration of his 250th birthday, underwriting English-language programs at the Vienna Humanities Festival, and most recently inaugurating a student museum membership program for Chicago/Illinois area college students spending a semester abroad in Vienna and Austria.  Future plans call for underwriting an exhibition space in the new museum expansion, and exhibition support particularly related to exhibitions with Austrian/American ties.


We also organize events that demonstrate the vibrant connection that exists between Chicago and Vienna. 

Who We Are

Learn more about our incredible Board of Directors and the AFVM Staff



Are you interested in supporting the American Friends of the Vienna Museum? If so the AFVM has numerous projects and opportunities that could use your support. Click below to find out more about how we're helping Vienna. 



The Wien Museum is a gateway to understanding the history and culture of Vienna. In addition to its historic campus located on the Karlsplatz in the center of the city, the Wien Museum is a collection of eighteen sites including a group of museums, archaeological excavations and the residences of some of the world’s most revered composers. 



The key to the success of our fledgling organization is the generosity of our supporters.  The organization has been a part of various initiatives aimed at sustaining the Wien Museum’s collecting, research, and education mission.

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