The BEST 12 Museums you need to visit in Vienna, Travel Guide Austria

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Last Updated on October 19, 2020 by gregor

If you want to feed your adventurous self, then Vienna, Austria is the place to go. Vienna has many art galleries, museums, imperial palaces, and more historic sites. In Vienna, you want to learn more about the diversity of Austria, plan a trip to its capital and visit its museums.

The BEST 12 Museums you need to visit in Vienna, Austria – Travel Guide:

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Albertina Museum

The Albertina is in the First District of Vienna. It has one of the largest printing rooms in the world, with the most extensive and treasured graphical collection covers spanning over a period of 500 years. Founded by Duke Albert, the son-in-law of Empress Maria Theresa in the year 1776, the Albertina has a collection of more than 60,000 prints and drawings from the best European schools. It displays the works of famous artists such as Francisco Goya, Edvard Munch, and Pablo Picasso. Special collections in the Albertina include caricatures, playing cards assortment, portfolios and illustrated books.

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Albertina Modern

This second location of the ALBERTINA Museum, opened on May 27 2020, holds a collection of more than 60,000 works by 5,000 artists. On over 2,000 m², ALBERTINA MODERN presents wide-ranging exhibitions of modern and contemporary art that start from the museum’s own holdings—most prominently among them masterpieces from the Essl Collection, which has been held by the ALBERTINA Museum since 2017.

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Albertina Modern


Natural History Museum – Naturhistorisches Museum

With a spectacular collection of approximately 30 million natural objects, it’s a sight worth visiting. Founded by Emperor Franz I of Austria between the years 1872 and 1891, the comprehensive museum artefacts include minerals, insects, pterodactyls, and gemstones. The collections are showcased using advanced technology.

The museum also has a prehistory section, with artefacts, dating from the Stone Age era along with large dinosaur displays and rare fossils. Children have a play room where they can engage in fun activities.

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Natural History Museum, Vienna


Art History Museum – Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Art History Museum is one of the most renowned art museums in the world. It was built adjacent to the Imperial Palace and showcases the history of the Imperial family. It posses the largest collection of Bruegel’s painting and his most precious works.  The Art History Museum is opposite the Natural History Museum and they were both built in 1891; therefore, you can visit the two museums on the same day.

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Art History Museum, Vienna


Technology Museum – Technisches Museum

The museum gives visitors an experience of the past and the future technologies. You will also learn about the Austria’s contribution to the industrial, commercial and technological development of modern times. The museum has displays related to energy, musical instruments, nature, mining, communication, and astronomy. There are so many scientific things to see, and fun experiments to do, that touring the museums takes the whole day.

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Technology Museum, Vienna


Belvedere Palace Museum

The Belvedere Palace is not only beautiful but also houses a magnificent painting collection. Built in the eighteenth century, the palace has an upper and a lower section and a french garden. The Austrian arts housed at Belvedere come from the middle ages to the present date. The top Belvedere section has the largest collection of Gustav Klimt works. His master paintings include the golden images such as The Kiss and Judith. Touring the lower Belvedere section gives you an experience of the lavish residential home of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The most incredible rooms of the palace are the golden chamber and the marble gallery.

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Belvedere Museum, Vienna


Museum of Modern Art – Mumok

Located in the Museum’s Quarter, an area for art museums, it features detailed art collections from the 20th and 21st centuries. It has contemporary artwork of Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, and Pablo Picasso just to mention a few. A photorealism and pop art collection will give visitors a taste of modern art.

Visitors can enjoy a collection of social art and reality based performances. This collection has paintings, installation, graphics, architectural works, and films. Fans of modern and contemporary art should visit the Mumok museum.

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Museum of Modern Art, Vienna


Leopold Museum

It also located in the Museums Quarter and has hundreds of master arts including oil painting, water colours, prints, and drawings. Dr Rudolf Leopold founded the museum in 1950; he was an art lover, and the brains behind the collection of the modern arts. The design of the museum makes an intriguing contrast to the ensemble of the imperial court stables.

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Leopold Museum, Vienna


Kunsthalle Wien

It’s a sight to behold, with modern architecture featuring irregular patterns, bright areas with lots of lush plants overgrowths. It’s also part of the Museum Quarter and designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The museum features a permanent exhibition of Hundertwasser arts and temporary works from other artists.

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Kunsthalle, Vienna


Architecture Center Museum

The museum, opened in the year 1993, has an excellent reputation among architectural sites in Austria. Its exhibition of contemporary architecture gives you a new perspective of historical and future building.  The museum is a thriving centre for research, knowledge, design collection and information. People meet to discuss various design topics and several exhibitions happen during the year. If you are a fan of architecture, visit the Vienna Architecture Centre for useful professional services.

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Architecture Centre, Vienna


The Ephesos Museum

The museum has a collection of the most valued Austrian archaeological artefacts excavated by archaeologists from the Asia Minor coast. It’s housed in the Hofburg’s New Palace with magnificent statues, reliefs, and bronzes from the ancient trading city. Visit the Ephesus Museum for the best archaeological information about the region.

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Ephesos Museum, Vienna


ZOOM Kindermuseum (the Children’s Museum)

ZOOM Children’s Museum is all about asking questions, touching, exploring, playing. Here, children can
uncover the world around them using each of their senses. They can touch things and try them out, literally
getting a better grasp on things.

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ZOOM Kindermuseum, Vienna


The Hofburg Palace and the Sisi Museum

The Sisi Museum found in the heart of Hofburg Palace, is a dedication to Austria’s royalty members. It offers an insight in Empress Elisabeth’s (Sisi) privileged life. The museum showcases items like clothes, including the dress she wore during her swearing in and her baptism dress. Visitors can also see the death mask, made after her assassination.

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Hofburg Palace the Sisi Museum, Vienna


Vienna has plenty of culture to offer, and many more historical places are available for visitors to see.

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