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The 10 Top Museums in Salzburg

The 10 Top Museums in Salzburg

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Updated: 15 May 2017
Salzburg is one of Austria’s most popular tourist destinations. From Mozart to modern art, you are sure to find a museum that grabs your attention. Here are 10 of the best.

Modern Art Museum

This innovative gallery houses an impressive permanent collection, with works by Jackson Pollock, Antony Gormley, Henri Matisse and Peter Halley. Alongside these masterpieces, a wave of temporary exhibitions take place throughout the seasons, showing strong collections of paintings, graphics and sculptures by both Austrian and international artists.

Museum der Moderne Salzburg /Always right in the middle. Influencer tour | © Österreich Werbung, / anasbarros

Mönchsberg 32, 5020 Salzburg

Mozart’s Birthplace

Learn about the life and work of Austria’s most renowned resident and one of the most revered and prolific classical composers of all time. Mozart’s birthplace, in picturesque Salzburg, is one of the most frequently-visited tourist attractions in all of Austria, offering a glimpse into the prodigy’s early days with a collection of portraits, historical instruments and various memorabilia from his lifetime.

Exterior of the museum | © Österreich Werbung, | Diejun

Getreidegasse 9, 5020 Salzburg

Salzburg Museum

Get to know Salzburg intimately at this award-winning museum, where you can get a comprehensive history lesson about the city and its past and present citizens. Permanent exhibitions include artefacts and presentations on the subjects of art, science, architecture, literature, music and much more. A highlight is the ‘mirror hall’ on the second floor.

Mozartpl. 1, 5020 Salzburg

Marionette Museum

Salzburg’s Marionette Museum is made up of a collection of dainty, handcrafted wooden puppets – including those used in productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Located inside the Hohensalzburg Fortress, it is a small, yet intriguing exhibition that contains some slightly spooky-looking figurines.

Salzburg Puppet Theater “Papageno“ Mozart | © Österreich Werbung / Herzberger

Schwarzstraße 24, 5020 Salzburg

House of Nature

This multi-faceted institution is an aquarium, natural history museum and reptile zoo. Founded in 1924, the House of Nature tells the story of our natural world – with displays about the human body, prehistoric times and space adventure.  The aquarium is an especially special section of the museum, with fish and creatures from the far corners of the world.

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Museumspl. 5, 5020 Salzburg

Panorama Museum

This museum gives visitors the opportunity to learn all about Salzburg, with an immersive 26 meter intricately detailed painting of the historical city. Created by J.M. Sattler, the picture gives a glimpse into the past whilst also presenting comparisons with modern day Salzburg.

#salzburg #austria #landscape #panorama #panoramamuseum

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Residenzpl. 9, 5020 Salzburg

Mozart Wohnhaus

This collection, inside the composer’s former home, is a must for classical music lovers – it is the largest archive of the audio and visual recordings from and about his life and work. Among the collection are around 16,000 recordings of many performances and rehearsals.

Makartpl. 8, 5020 Salzburg

Salzburg Christmas Museum

Christmas is every day at this museum. Salzburg is wonderful around the festive period – with snowy mountainous landscapes, cosy markets and beautiful decorations. Located in the Mozartplatz in the heart of the city, the exhibitions contain various displays full of Christmas cheer, with antique toys and perfect seasonal scenes.

Mozartpl. 2, 5020 Salzburg

Stiegl-Brauwelt

Learn all about the history of Salzburg’s largest malt house, Stiegl-Brauwelt (translating to mean the world of beer), and partake in some beer-tasting after browsing the exhibition halls. Features of the museum include an interactive, panoramic cinema and a shop stocking all the varieties of Stiegl beer.

Bräuhausstraße 9, 5020 Salzburg

Folklore Museum

Located inside a grand manor house, overlooking the Hellbrun Park, this museum houses a variety of objects relating to regional Folklore, including clothing (Tracht), paintings and furniture, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of Salzburg and its people.