Museums and Art
City of Museums
Vienna has over 100 museums – major collections of global caliber as well as eccentric little ones. There are over 60 museums located in the 1st district alone! Here is a list of just a few of the more famous ones to get you started:
Museums in Vienna
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Any museum goer should start here, in one of the city’s most ambitious construction projects: the Museumsquartier. It contains some of the city’s most important art museums, including the Leopold Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and Kunsthalle Wien.
Haus der Musik
Seilerstätte 30, Vienna A-1010
A museum unlike any other, the Haus der Musik is an interactive sound museum which focuses on many different aspects of music, from history to science. Each floor holds a different theme, the first being an exploration of the Vienna Philharmonic, the second is all about the science of sound, the third has several rooms dedicated to great composers and the forth contains a virtual stage in which you can create your very own opera experience.
The Hofburg and Sisi Museum
Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien
You can’t really get more Austrian than this: at the heart of the Hofburg Palace, the Sisi museum offers a glimpse into the life of Austria’s favourite member of royalty, the Empress Elisabeth, better known as Sisi. The museum holds more than 300 of the empress’s personal belongings, from her baptismal dress to the death mask made after her assassination.
The Austrian National Library
Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien
This striking baroque building holds some of the most beautiful frescoes in all of Austria. Not only does the library contain numerous life-size statues and pristine baroque decoration, it boasts a collection of over seven-and-a-half million items, including manuscripts, musical scores and a photographic archive.
The Vienna Museum
4 Karlplatz, 1010 Wien
Another collection of noteworthy museums, this time all dealing with the city’s rich history. Its’ collections are held in Vienna Museum Karlplatz, Vienna Museum Hermesvilla and the Otto Wagner Pavilion.
Natural History Museum
Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna
Opposite the Kunsthistorisches Museum, this museum contains 39 galleries of natural history, including vast collections of minerals as well as precious stones belonging to the Empress Maria Theresa. You can even find relics and artefacts dating back to the Stone Age, which have been on display here since its founding in 1765.
The Freud Museum
Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna
This museum is situated in Sigmund Freud’s old house, in which the famed psychoanalyst lived for almost 50 years. The open rooms are set up exactly as they would have been when Freud lived there, which include his waiting room, treatment room and study.
The 7 best places to see art in Vienna
Vienna is full of incredible art – but where do you start?
- Here are our 7 favorite places to check out art in Austria’s capital.
The Best Places to see Art in Vienna
The Best Places to See Art in ViennaMuseumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna AlbertinaLocated within the beautiful Hofburg palace, the Albertina is one of Vienna’s most popular galleries, boasting works from modern graphic to impressionism. Great artists such as Klimt, Monet, Picasso and Degas have works displayed here, as well as some more modern photography and architectural collections.MumokAlso known as the Museum of Modern Art, the Mumok is one of the city’s best collections of contemporary art, containing pieces by iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and even Yoko Ono. With over 9,000 works to view, this gallery is certainly worth setting aside an afternoon for.Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna Museum of Fine ArtsThe magnificent architecture of this building creates the perfect backdrop to the artistic treasures collated by the Hapsburgs. With collections spanning from Ancient Egypt to the Renaissance and Baroque, the Museum of Fine Arts houses paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Raphael and Rubens, not to mention the world’s most comprehensive collection of Bruegel’s paintings.Museum of Art HistoryIdentical to its twin building, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art History is famous for its Kunstkammer exhibition, a chamber of ‘art and wonders’ containing over 2,000 ‘curios’ such as carvings, paintings and fossilised sharks teeth. If that wasn’t enough, the rest of the museum houses collections from Ancient Egypt all the way through to modern day, with regular exhibitions from contemporary greats.Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
- Situated in the stunning baroque Belvedere palace, now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gallery holds one of the greatest collections of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Belvedere provides a near-complete overview of the progression of Austrian art, bejewelled with such gems as the world’s largest collection of Klimt, and masterpieces from Egon Schiele and Oskart Kokshka.
- Belvedere Museum
- Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
- Maria Theresien-Platz, A – 1010 Vienna
- Situated in one of Vienna’s most iconic buildings, the Kunst Haus is one of the most eclectic galleries in the city. Also known as the Hundertwasser Museum, the gallery is dedicated to artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, showing a vast collection of his paintings, graphics and other designs.
- Kunst Haus
- Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
- Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
- This museum is one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art, featuring the world’s largest collection of Egon Schiele’s works, as well as Gustav Klimt, Richard Gerstl and Oskar Kokoschka.
- Leopold Museum