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The 5 best museums in Vienna

In Vienna you have a long list of museums, all of them interesting, but being realistic, either you have all the time in the world to tour the city and also visit all the museums, or you will have to choose.

During our stay in Vienna we spent 2 days touring museums and we saw a total of 11. You say fast, huh? Of all of them, 5 stand out for their historical and cultural importance, as well as being quite different from each other.

In this post I tell you about these 5 best museums to see in Vienna. Also as an annex I leave you 2 museum houses at the end of the post that are not huge museums, they are tiny and interesting and can be visited in a short time.

The 5 best museums in Vienna


1. Museum of Art History, one of the best museums to visit in Vienna

This is one of the largest museums I have ever been to. In addition, it is a must-see in Vienna. In it, you will find many exhibitions with collected works of the Habsburg family throughout history. All of them, before the opening of the museum, were located in the Belvedere and Holfburg Palaces.

The Museum was built exactly to exhibit these works. That is, each room and each area is built for a specific work or series of works. Some of the exhibitions that stand out the most are those of Roman, Greek and Egyptian antiquities. You will also find an entire floor dedicated to painting, with works from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

In the museum you will find works by renowned artists such as Titian, Rubens, Velázquez, Canaletto...

Opening hours of the Vienna Art History Museum

From June to August:

Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Thursday until 9:00 p.m.).

From September to May:

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Thursday until 9:00 p.m.).

Prices of the Museum of Art History in Vienna

Adults: euros

Students and over 65s: 11 euros.

If you have the Vienna pass, access is free

The 5 best museums in Vienna

2. Museum of Natural History

The Natural History Museum has many exhibitions of stuffed animals (many of them already extinct), precious stones, minerals... There is also the Venus of Willendorf, a statue of fertility that is more than 24 thousand years old.

It is also interesting to admire the Steller's sea cow, it was an animal that became extinct more than 200 years ago. As well as contemplating the enormous skeletons of dinosaurs.

Opening hours of the Museum of Natural History

From Thursday to Monday: from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closed: Tuesday, January 1 and December 25.

Natural History Museum Price

Adults: 12 euros Students under 27 years: 7 euros.

Under 19 years: free admission.

Free access with Vienna Pass.

Seniors: 10 euros.

The 5 best museums in Vienna

3. Globe Museum, an original museum to see in Vienna

If we talk about rare museums, the museum of the terrestrial globe is one of them. It is the only one in the world exclusively to its theme. And honestly, I would never have imagined that I would like a museum like this so much. Surprisingly it is very interesting and entertaining. Some of these globes are true handmade works of art more than five centuries ago.

This museum is located inside the Austrian National Library. I have already told you about it in the 15 essential places to visit in Vienna.

The museum exhibits terrestrial, celestial, lunar, Mars and some planetary spheres, as well as scientific instruments.

Through the exhibitions, aspects such as the history of balloons, the way in which they were manufactured in the beginning or their influence on different cultures are dealt with.

Opening hours of the Museum of the terrestrial globe

Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Price of the Museum of the terrestrial globe

Adults: 15 euros. Under 19 years: free admission.

The 5 best museums in Vienna

4. Hundertwasser Museum

This museum is located in a very peculiar building and just coming here to see it is already worth it. And if you already get here, go ahead and enter because this museum will not leave you indifferent. It shows a collection of works by the painter Freidrich Hundertwasser, born in Vienna in 1928. This painter stood out in the world of painting, sculpture and architecture for his special, different, colorful and original works.

And although the museum is well worth it, one of the best ways to get to know the author's work is by visiting the Hundertwasserhaus, a few blocks of buildings located very close that were designed by the artist. I have told you about them in the 15 essential places to see in Vienna.

Hundertwasser Museum Hours

Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Hundertwasser Museum Price

Adults: 12 euros. Young people from 11 to 19 years old: 5 euros

Children under 10 years: free admission.

Free access with Vienna Pass.

And although the museum is interesting and one of the best in the city, if you don't have the Vienna Pass, it's not worth paying 12 euros. Since you can see the author's works on the street. In the Hundertwasserhaus building blocks.

The 5 best museums in Vienna

5. Albertina Museum, an essential thing to see in Vienna

The Albertina museum contains works by some of the best known artists in the world; Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Miró and Picasso.

The museum houses one of the most extensive graphic collections in the world consisting of more than 65,000 drawings and around a million engravings.

Although this museum is one of the 5 best in the city, I would not highlight it in the top positions. And yes, although it contains works by very famous artists, the museum itself is a bit boring and outdated. However, if you have the Vienna Pass and have time, take advantage of visiting its galleries.

Albertina Museum Hours

Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday and Friday until 9:00 p.m.).

Albertina Museum Price

Adults: 16 euros. Students under 26 years of age: 11 euros. Seniors over 65: €11. Under 19 years: free admission. Vienna Pass: Free admission.

The 5 best museums in Vienna



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