12 Best Museums in Vienna

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Technisches Museum

In the vicinity of the Hauptbahnhof is the Technisches Museum, which was created in 1815 as a machine building school and is now the largest technical museum in the world. It is the home of over 40,000 historic steam engines, tractors and mining machines.

Third Man Museum

Haus der Musik

Museum of Military History

(MuH)

In the MuH, you will find exhibits about the Austrian Army and the military aspects of Austria’s history.

It was a favorite among past and present soldiers, and it’s also a popular place for tourists and music lovers.

There are exhibits on the military struggle between Austria and Prussia and the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.

One of the most interesting and intriguing exhibits is the “Wolves” exhibit. The exhibition charts the lives of Polish soldiers in the Austrian army at the beginning of World War I.

They were showing their devotion to the Austro-Hungarian empire by inviting the soldiers their own wolves to fight against their former comrades and their Russian allies.

The wolves killed the Russians and saved their own lives as well. The exhibition shows the exact moment that the soldiers realized that these wolves were not big dogs at all but just large wolves.

KunstHausWien

KunstHausWien (Art House Vienna) is a private, modern art museum located in the city center. Founded in 1908, it represents a collection of works from the 20th century donated by a wealthy Austrian art collector.

By almost any standard, the KunstHausWien has the best collection of works of the late 20th century in Vienna, perhaps the world.

You will find paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh, Twombly, and Soto, conceptual art by Stella Vine, and art deco by Hans Arp.

For example, the museum hosts a large body of work by world-famous artist and sculptor Anish Kapoor, including a sculpture titled Zidanta that looks like a giant inverted chocolate bar and a giant spider that hovers above a floor of mirrors.

The museum also has one of the largest collection of etchings in the world. The museum houses one of the most important private collections of graphic art in the world.

Besides art collections, the KunstHausWien also hosts temporary exhibitions by collectives and individuals from around the world. In fact, it is considered one of the most creative institutions in the field of contemporary art in the world.

The museum’s permanent collection includes 40,000 works from all eras of art history.

Leopold Museum

Belvedere Palace Museum

Sisi Museum

Albertina

The Albertina was built in 1761 in the Austrian city of Vienna. It is a museum dedicated to applied arts, fine arts and decorative arts that was founded by the wealthy Prince, Albert II. The museum has an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture and design, constituting a highlight among the eighteenth century’s most important heritage. The collection includes over 90,000 pieces of art with a focus on European masters such as Picasso, van Gogh, older masters and early modern masters.

The collection is composed of six parts. According to the theme, they are masterpieces, watercolor, engravings, sculptures, applied arts and decorative arts. The collection is hosted in exhibition halls created in the baroque style of architecture. They give a unique sense of the eighteenth century’s style and decorating patterns.

All exhibitions in the Albertina are accompanied by informative brochures so you can truly learn about the piece and understand the meaning of the works of art displayed here. In addition to that, there are also permanent exhibitions of the works of European painters.

The museum also hosts regular exhibitions open to the general public as well as seminars on eclectic topics. All exhibits are available to the public at no charge. The Albertina is open every Monday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and every day from 10 am to 4:30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Naturhistorisches Museum

The Naturhistorisches Museum has quite alot of treasures in it. For those who can't make the trip to see the original exhibits, this museum has many replicas of the exhibits.

One of the best parts about this museum is that you can wander freely around the collector’s halls. The staff will stop you to answer questions and explain the pieces you are looking at but will allow you to move on without forcing you to stop and chat for ages. This allows you to focus on each piece in contrast with the other pieces, no matter which hall you choose to explore.

They have an amazing collection of geological time-frames and a large variety of specimens and dress-re-habilitations of completely extinct animals.

They have a large amount of what I would call “museum-quality artifacts”: The replicas are exact and, dare I say, better than the originals. I was amazed at how many of these items were in the museum and how well-kept they were.

They also have a lot of artifacts from the Natural History Museum in New York. The curator in Vienna was very pleased for me to know that the replicas were indeed replicas, and not the real thing. Another great aspect of this museum is that you can easily spend a few hours in their collection halls.

Kunsthistorisches Museum