Last Updated on October 10, 2017 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. Millions of tourists come to this wonderful Metropole every year to visit Europe’s top museums.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ZOOM Kindermuseum (the Children’s Museum)
It’s an exciting place for kids and was the first of its kind in Austria. It has interactive displays of royal children lives, over the centuries. The best interactive place for kids is the Zoom Animated Film Studio. Kids have a chance to dress up as royal prince and princess. There are other clothes, wigs, toys and hands-on artefacts for kids to play with. If you have a birthday party visit the Children’s Museum for an unforgettable experience.
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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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Vienna has plenty of culture to offer, and many more historical places are available for visitors to see.
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