I must admit, when my mum told me we were spending the day touring a snow globe museum I had a little giggle to myself. I mean, c’mon who really thinks about doing such an activity?
To be honest, I didn’t even know such a place existed and I’m sure many of you didn’t know either, until now!
Despite my original thoughts I gave my mum the benefit of the doubt of course and joined her on this day of exploring a weird and wacky place.
I wasn’t really sure what to except from the get go, I’d never given much thought into how a snow globe was made or what would be present in a museum dedicated to them – maybe old snow globes?
The one preconception I did have however was that it would be a relatively spacious place, all the museums I’ve visited have been a decent size so I guess I just assumed this would be the same. Boy was I wrong. If there were only a handful of us (and when I say handful I mean maximum five people) then the size of the museum probably wouldn’t have mattered so much.
However, the tour we were doing was with the American Women’s Association in Vienna (a social group my mum is a part of); at least 25 of us rocked up on the day. As more and more people arrived at the big (it looks big from the outside) yellow building it began feeling more and more like we were a bunch of sardines squashed in a can.
While you’d think you can’t miss the big yellow building, if you were casually walking past and didn’t know what it was you probably wouldn’t even think twice about it to be honest.
As we were all packed in like sardines the tour commenced; an informative 20 or so minute talk from the owner (the great-grandson of the inventor of the snow globe) who recounted the story behind how this little ornament came about started us off.
After learning about how and why the snow globe was first made, we made our way through the tiny shop front towards the back where the factory side of things is located.
A brief stop off in a room filled with what first appears to be knick knacks of tools is quickly revealed to us as the tools that were originally used to make the globes. Of course times have changes as has the machinery and tools used to make them.
A secret door takes us from the shop front to the factory where we are guided through all of the machines responsible for how the globes are made today.
As well as the moulds used for the figurines that feature inside the globes.
We even got to meet Frosty. He’s a snowman inside a snow globe holding a snow globe with a snowman who’s holding a snow globe etc. Just your average dose of snow globe inception.
And while that concludes the tour there is an additional room filled with more knick knacks and photos of a mini Frosty exploring the world.
Browse through the various globes they have on sale each with different figurines inside; some Disney themed, some dessert themed.
And while you might have the urge to buy a souvenir, the price tag was enough to put me off.
€7 will get you the smallest of the range, and for those wishing to fork out a little bit more for an extra large size €25 will get you just that.
4 thoughts on “The Original Wiener Schneekugelmanufaktur ↠ The Original Viennese Snow Globe Manufactory”
Was an interesting experience. Enjoyed learning about the snow globe history with you Cartier
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Thanks for taking me with you xxx
Looks like a fun field trip! I always wonder why this family claims to have invented the snow globe when they were introduced in France. The first authentic snowglobes allegedly date from the 1878 Paris exhibition and were described as paperweights shaped as hollow balls filled with water and containing a man with an umbrella.
Just a fellow snow globe artist with your fun fact of the day.
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That’s an interesting fact Camryn, I wasn’t aware of that – I was just going on what I was told during this tour but it’s interesting to hear of the differing opinions 🙂