21. Sep 2021 – 13. Feb 2022

The sources of remembrance

200 years of the Frauenbad

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the former Frauenbad (today’s Arnulf Rainer Museum), this exhibition will outline the history of the baths up to the building’s current use as an exhibition space current.

The exhibition “The sources of remembrance” aims to illustrate what can no longer be seen or experienced. What did the building designed by Charles de Moreau originally look like after it had been erected in 1821? What changes have taken place over the past 200 years? How was it used as a bathing facility? What was to follow?

Objects, artistic representations, prints, postcards, photos, building plans, posters, archives, travel guides, advertising brochures, reports by contemporary witnesses amongst much else provide a colourful insight into the diverse history of the Frauenbad and the Karolinenbad.

Some objects were part of the original building: the door grilles and the sign above the entrance door were only dismantled and transferred to the museum in the early 1990s. As early as 1878, coins and the protective plaque from the laying of the foundation stone in 1821 were brought to the museum as part of the first major renovation. Documents from the 19th century and historical building plans explain its complex construction history. In addition, originals and reproductions of other works and archival documents from other collections illustrate the importance of the history of the Frauenbad.


Curators: Prof. Dr. Matthias Boeckl. Academic advisor: Dr. Markus Kristan

Publication: On the occasion of the 200-year anniversary, a comprehensive book has been published with written and visual material on the eventful history of the building’s use (from bathhouse to museum) which provides insights into the architectural history, social significance and use of the building over the course of time:

200 Jahre Frauenbad: Baukultur und Kunstbetrieb in der Kurstadt Baden bei Wien (Two Hundred Years of the Frauenbad: Building Culture and the Art Industry in the Spa Town of Baden near Vienna), ed. Arnulf Rainer Museum. With contributions from Matthias Boeckl, Christine Humpl, Markus Kristan, Petra Leban, Katharina Schoeller and Ulrike Scholda. German/English, Deutscher Kunstverlag: Berlin, September 2021, 240 pages, € 39.00.

Arnulf Rainer Museum


Josefsplatz 5
2500 Baden
Tel +43(0)2252 209 196 11
Fax +43(0)2252 209 196 14

Postal address

Badener Kulturbetriebsgesmbh
Josefsplatz 5
2500 Baden


Tram (Badener Bahn)
Direct, from the Vienna State Opera
to the Arnulf Rainer Museum, to
Josefplatz at the end of the line.

Train and rapid transit train
Four minutes on foot from Baden
station, towards the centre of town.


A2 Baden exit – towards the centre,
Arnulf Rainer Museum / Frauenbad.
Parking at Römertherme or at the
Casino parking garage.


Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday
from 10am – 5pm

Admission prices

Adults 8,–
Groups of 10 or over,
per person
Children from 6 – 14,
pupils, students,
military discount (national service)
Family ticket 16,–
NÖ Familienpass (max. 2 adults and unlimited children) 10,–
Guided tour 2,5
Jahreskarte 12,-


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