A guide to the most important museums of Vienna | Austria

Vienna, Austria, is truthfully one of the most fascinating European capitals. The beautiful Austrian capital still has not lost its majestic character from the glorious imperial past. It is for this reason that it has become, over the centuries, a crossroads of artists who have left their mark on the city through their works. There are, in fact, more than 150 museums, among which the most famous is the Museum of Art History which attract hundreds of visitors from all over the world. Here is a guide to Vienna’s most important museums.

Vienna

Vienna

Among the museums that you should not miss is the Museum of Fine Arts Kunsthistorisches Museum. This building was built between 1872 and 1891 and was initially supposed to house the extensive collection of works of art of the Habsburg family. Currently, however, it contains a selection of the most important works of art in Western history, including The Head of Medusa by Peter Paul Rubens, the David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio, the Madonna of the Meadow by Raphael  and the Infanta Margarita in blue by Diego Velazquez.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Natural History MuseumNaturhistorisches Museum is an architectural complex that has 20 million objects and artifacts that tell the history of the earth and nature. The museum is divided into rooms among which the most interesting is undoubtedly the Hall of Dinosaurs. In addition to containing the skeletons of these prehistoric animals, the museum has built a life-size model of an Allosaurus that makes sounds and moves so frighteningly realistic. Visit the Hall of Meteorites opened in 2012 that features the largest collection of meteorites in the world and the beautiful Hall of Precious Stones which, among others, contains a very large topaz of up to 117 pounds and the jewelry bouquet of Maria Theresa.

Naturhistorisches Museum

Naturhistorisches Museum

The Hofburg imperial residence is home to many museums. For centuries the Hofburg Palace was the center of power of the Habsburg family. In the enormous complex are the imperial apartments, as that of Princess Sissi that attracts millions of visitors. The apartment of the Emperor Francis Joseph was inhabited until 1916 (the year of his death). Some examples of the museums there are the Collection of ancient musical instruments, the Old Museum of Cinema, the Austrian Culture Museum, the Papyrus Museum and many others.

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace

Another complex that surely you should not miss is the Belvedere. Built by Prince Eugene of Savoy as a summer residence, it is divided into two castles: the upper Belvedere and the lower Belvedere. In the upper Belvedere the collection of paintings of Klimt is exhibited, including the famous Kiss. In the lower Belvedere, you can admire the magnificent style of Prince Eugene of Savoy through the grotesque Hall and the Golden Room.

Belvedere

Belvedere

Vienna museum photos by: miroslav petrasko, craig elliott, marcus richter, dan raven, gerhard

For more on museums check: Expert tips on visiting museums with your children, Van Gogh Museum | Amsterdam, A special passport to visit 470 museums in Switzerland

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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