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Everything just a fake? - The Museum of Art fakes

What is the difference between a forgery and a copy? Which thrilling detective stories can be told about famous, notorious counterfeiters like Han van Meegeren, Konrad Kujau, Edgar Mrugalla or Lothar Malskat? All this and much more you will find out in the Fälschermuseum Wien (Museum of Art fakes). Today, the founder Diana Grobe tells you more about it.


Museum of Art fakes

Museum of Art fakes

Museum of Art fakes


Shortly introduce your museum...

The Fälschermuseum (Museum of Art fakes) Wien shows forgeries made by famous and notorious art forgers and tells exciting stories about crime. A museum that requires no sense of art as a visitor to find it amusing.

What makes your museum so unique?

The Fälschermuseum Wien is unique in Europe

How did you get the idea to start this museum?

We, the founders, met a condemned art forger (Edgar Mrugalla) and his stories and experiences (he cheated on nearly € 20 million) inspired us to the museum

Why did you choose Vienna as location?

We lived here.

Is there something special abou the location of your museum?

The Fälschermuseum Wien is located vis-à-vis the Hundertwasserhaus.

Please tell us more about the history of your museum …

It features spectacular crime stories around the real counterfeit works of notorious art forgers such as Han van Meegeren, Konrad Kujau, Edgar Mrugalla, Lothar Malskat, Eric Hebborn, Tom Keating, Elmyr de Hory, John Myatt, and many others and explains the differences between original, copy and counterfeit (because copies are not counterfeits).

So one learns, among other things, why the most famous English counterfeiter hid time bombs in his fakes, another one was murdered under mysterious circumstances, how Han van Meegeren could cheat on Hermann Göring, what was written in Kujau's Hitler diaries, a fake turkey in Germany that wrote history, why there are now already "false" fakes and much, much more ......

A museum for which you do not have to be an art lover to find it exciting.

3 words that describe your museum ...

Interesting, exciting, different.

Where is your museum located?

Löwengasse 28, 1030 Vienna


Museum of Art fakes

Museum of Art fakes

Museum of Art fakes


Diana Grobes personal Vienna insights 

Why I like living in Vienna ...

I live in Wr. Neudorf ...... Because it's more beautiful in the countryside now.

What do you like about the city?

Not too big, but not too small

My personal Vienna tip …

Excursion to the Kahlenberg and on the way back to the Heurigen

My favourite place in Vienna …

Old Danube

My favourite restaurant in Vienna …

To Ellinikon a greek restaurant near the. Best of Viena!