10 Must See Museums In Vienna, Austria
10. Hundertwasser-Haus + Hundertwasser Museum
Hundertwasser Haus is what happens when you give an artist control over architectural design. This funky, colorful, and environmentally friendly apartment building has become a popular tourist destination due to its unique design.
The Museum houses many pieces of his artwork which are on permanent display. There are also a number of revolving exhibitions which frequently showcase local artists. The house has a nice cafe and many shops inside in case you want to take a break.
9. Sigmund Freud Museum
Where would we be if it wasn’t at a museum dedicated to the godfather of psychoanalysis? The museum is based in the old home of Freud where you can take a look at what his life would have been like. The apartment is not only where he lived, but also where he did his research and operated his practice. Take a seat in the original waiting room for your imaginary appointment with Sigmund Freud himself!
8. MUMOK – Museum of Modern Art
The first thing that will strike you about the MUMOK is its outstanding design. A stone-clad exterior turns the museum into an imposing and fearsome structure. Once inside the tone changes and visitors to the museum will be treated to delicate masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. If you appreciate the work of modern masters like Picasso and Warhol then this is the place to be!
7. Technisches Museum (Museum of Technology)
This museum is great for anyone who loves technology. Comes to revel in a huge selection of tech, stretching from icons of the past, to futuristic devices. When you see how far we have come since the computer’s humble beginning you can’t help but wonder where we will head. Will we one day be overthrown by technological advancements? Possibly. But until then we can all revel in human-kinds remarkable advancement.
One of the most remarkable exhibits is the so-called “Singing’ Tesla Coil. The power in the coil’s bolts of lightning are harnessed in a way that allows it to make music. Tesla Coils are always fun, but the Technisches Museum found a way to make it even better!
6. Hofburg Imperial Palace
As you might expect this sprawling palace, which was expanded over the course of 700-years, has been converted into several museums drawing tourists from all over the world. Yes, you read that right – the palace is large enough to host a diverse range of museums. These include the famous Spanish Riding School, The Imperial Apartments, and The National Library.
The ones that make this list are the Imperial Treasury and the Imperial Silver Collection. This is the place to be if you’re attracted to the glitz and glamour of royal life. The Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Order is housed in the Imperial Treasury and is a must see!
5. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum)
Kunsthistorisches is one of the best art museums in Viena – and that says a lot in a city as dedicated to art as Vienna!
Expect to find a wide range of masterpieces in this 130-year-old museum. Celebrated names like Titan, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Rubens are enjoyed by throngs of visitors each day.
4. Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna (Natural History Museum)
No visit to Vienna would be complete without a visit to this incredible museum. The sheer scope of their collections is staggering – 20 million historical objects are housed by the Vienna Natural History Museum. You can find practically anything here from sticks and stones to dinosaur bones!
Be sure to check out the meteorite collection which is the largest such collection in the world.
3. The Leopold Gallery
The Leopold is one of the best museums to visit in Vienna if you are looking for modern art. It showcases a wide range of modern art from Viennese artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, among others. The Leopold was formed from the art of dedicated collectors Elisabeth and Rudolf Leopold. They were able to amass an outstanding collection of over 5,000 works of art, mainly composed of 20th-century artists in Vienna. The connected cafe is a great place to relax after a day of wandering museum exhibits. Check out the website for a list of special exhibits which are always worth a visit.
This massive Habsburg Residential Palace is home to one of the most astounding museums in Vienna. The museums cavernous interior is home to a jaw-dropping 1 million prints and 60,000 drawings. However, the highlight of the Albertina is their collection of modern masters. Their art collection spans the best of European art with everything from Degas, to Renoir, to Monet. Another great aspect of the museum are the staterooms. A selected number of rooms have been preserved with royal furnishings dating back to when the Habsburg family lived in this palace. Check them out if you want to catch a glimpse into royal life.
1. The Belvedere
Interesting Fact: this palace has been used as a museum since 1776 and is one of the oldest public museums in the world!
In a city that loves art this much, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the best museum in Vienna is housed in an opulent royal palace. The massive Baroque palace was originally built for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The Belvedere draws crowds with its stunning design, and also for its expansive gardens. But enough about the architecture lets talk about the exhibits. The art collection is arguably the greatest in all of Austria and has pieces dating back to the middle ages. Much of the exhibited art focuses on Austria and it is possible to trace its history and development through the ages. This is also where you will find Klimt’s iconic painting The Kiss.