The New Ars Electronica Center – Museum of the Future

The grand opening of the new Ars Electronica Center is set for January 2, 2009. Rotating exhibits featuring interactive installations, innovative media art from all over the world, and the new theme exhibition “New Images of the Human Body” offer awesome experiences and learning opportunities for students in all age groups.
The new Museum of the Future remains one of a kind—traditional strengths like taking a fun approach to mediating content and encountering works of media art are combined with new themes in the Life Sciences, open laboratories and interdisciplinary focal-point issues.

The new Ars Electronica Center is where research and experimentation come out to play!

Exhibition Areas & Themes
Offers for School Groups
Visitors Service – Information & Reservations

Exhibition Areas & Themes

“New Images of the Human Body” - Main Gallery Theme Exhibition

Seeing How We Think

In the Main Gallery, visitors can watch themselves think! The theme exhibition provides insights into the latest developments and research approaches in the so-called Life Sciences. A wide array of presentations and installations conducive to experimentation open up interesting ways to get into complex subjects like neuroscience (How does human perception function? How do we see? How is the brain constructed and how does it work?), biotechnology and genetic engineering, robotics and bionics.

Exploring the Mysteries of the Human Body

The exhibition in the 1,000-m² Main Gallery utilizes a variety of formats to impart information in a way that arouses curiosity and fosters critical encounters with content. In addition to open lab situations and out-of-the-ordinary experimental arrays, interactive installations make for fascinating visual journeys, impressive experiments as well as the possibility of proactively exploring the human body’s mysteries and taking individualized approaches to the manifold facets of the exhibition’s theme. Artistic projects, with their unusual perspective shifts, are sources of surprising insights.

“Artists, Creators, Engineers” – Temporary Exhibits

Exemplary artistic projects at the interface of art, R&D, technology and society are mainstays in the rotating lineup of exhibits in and around the new Ars Electronica Center. To get things started: poetic machine installations and music & image devices that blend analog and digital technologies in delightfully innovative ways.

2009 Preview

The Poetry of Movement – Kinetic Art
Art+Com – 20th Anniversary of Art+Com Berlin

Deep Space

You’ll experience the fascination of high-resolution imaging when you behold the scientific, cultural, artistic and playful applications on display in Deep Space.
Images of solar activity, super-sized landscapes, historical sites, world-famous works of art, or interactive island and jungle worlds—the linkup of state-of-the-art technologies and projection techniques in the two-story-tall setting of Deep Space lets you journey to places that are real, fantastic and utterly inaccessible.

Offers for School Groups

Highlights Tour

A Highlights Tour offers a first look at the new Ars Electronica Center. Each is geared to a specific age group and school grade. Young people—accompanied by one of our knowledgeable Infotrainers—get a fascinating round-trip tour of the theme areas and exhibitions.

Presentations of projects and research approaches, journeys though the human eye and brain, amazing adventures in fantasy worlds, and lots of opportunities for hands-on experimentation get across content in a lively, fun way.

Afterwards, students can head off through the Ars Electronica Center on their own. Infotrainers are stationed throughout the facility to deliver on-the-spot answers.

Duration: 1 ½ hours

Fee (admission including guided tour): €4 per person
In a class group of 10 persons, 1 chaperone free
AEC Snack (optional): €3 (1 drink, ham/cheese sandwich)

Visitors Service – Information & Reservations

Business Hours:
Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 2 PM
Phone: 0732.7272.51
E-mail: center@aec.at


We request that you make a reservation at least three weeks prior to the date you’re planning to visit. Reservations are available for dates beginning in February 2009.

When making your reservation, please provide the following information:

  • School type, contact person and info (phone, e-mail)
  • Students’ ages (and any additional pertinent info e.g. wheelchair access)
  • Group size
  • Language: School tours are available in German, English and Czech


Please be sure to bring plenty of change (1 euro coins) to be used as a refundable deposit in the cloakroom lockers.
Photography is permitted and encouraged!

Opening Hours of the New Ars Electronica Center

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM to 9 PM (school group reservations accepted as late as 5 PM)
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM


Additional tips for planning your school group’s stay in Linz are available online at:
Linz City Tourist Board – Offers for Schools 2009

New address:

Ars Electronica Center
Hauptstraße 2
4040 Linz

Visitor's Info:

Phone: +43.732.7272.0
Email: center@aec.at

New opening hours 2009:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM to 9 PM
Saturday, Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM