Enthralling Museums In Graz You Should Visit

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Graz is the second largest city in Austria and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The city is a popular spot, not only for its universities but for its amazing venues, good food and interesting museums. Also, if you are there around December don’t miss the advent market with its amazing lights and atmosphere.

Archaeology Museum

Here you will encounter finds from the mysterious Egyptian Empire, from the classical Greek and Roman centuries along with treasures from Styria. Workshops are available where kids can be part of the excitement, uncovering objects before examining, measuring and drawing them, just as real archaeologists do.  This museum is a great place to discover the lives of those who lived in ancient times.

Opening hours: April-October Wed-Sun 10am-5pm, November- 6th January: only as part of a guided tour, 7th January-March closed

Address and telephone number: Eggenberger Allee 90 Graz, Austria +43 664 8017 9515

Children’s Museum

This is a museum especially for the younger ones: FRida and freD is an exciting place for all children (the recommended age is between 3 and 12). There are enchanting exhibitions, theater performances and programs, all set in a beautiful environment, right in the middle of the relaxing Augartenpark. To ensure the best experience, shoes are left behind at the counter, so the exploration of the museum is done wearing socks or slippers. Prepare yourself to be surprised at 2pm every Saturday, when special events are scheduled.

Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

Address and telephone number: Friedrichgasse 34 Graz, Austria + 43 316 872 7700

Hans Gross Museum of Criminology

Hans Gross is known as the father of modern criminology. By the end of his life he had assembled a collection of many crime-related objects for educational purposes, namely to assist the work of lawyers and policemen of the time. Now you too can have a look into his captivating world and experience actual criminal cases, perhaps gaining insight into the minds of culprits and victims alike with the help of the Criminology Museum.

Opening hours: Mon 11am-2pm, and any time according to arrangement. By the end of 2015 the actual exhibition is closed for refurbishment, but multimedia tours are still held.

Address and telephone number: Universitätplatz 3/KG Graz, Austria +43 316 380 6514

House of Architecture

“Architecture is frozen music” – the meaning of this statement becomes crystal clear when you enter this House of Architecture . In the spacious exhibition area you will be amazed at the architectural ingenuity and endeavors of human beings. With themed workshops, guided tours, symposia and excursions, you can be an elemental part of the teaching process.

Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm

Address and telephone number: Mariahilfestraße 2 Graz, Austria +43 316 323 500

House of Science

“Knowledge as an adventure!”

This museum is Austria’s only audio-visual exhibition, and it illustrates the past century’s development in an exciting environment. During the tour, you will come to better understand space, the human/Earth relationship, planets, astronauts, electricity, and technological novelties.

Opening hours: during university terms Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Address and telephone number: Elisabethstraße 23 Graz Austria +43 316 380 2622

Natural History Museum

At the Natural History Museum come face to face with the wonders of the natural world, including the dynamics and mechanisms of the swift cheetah, or the explosive energy of volcanoes. You can also have a look at the so-called globetrotters: species that are foreign to a certain region. A fun day out for all the family, young ones and grown-ups will enjoy this exhibition equally.

Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm

Address and telephone number: Joanneumsviertel Graz, Austria +43 316 8017 9100

Museum of Perception

At Museum of Perception you can learn how to ‘see’ with your skin and find out exactly how the human eye works. To continue the adventure, try a magical Samadhi Bath (although note that this has to be arranged in advance), floating in salt water in complete darkness, in the basement of the museum.

Opening time: daily except Tues, 1pm-6pm

Address and telephone number: Friedrichgasse 41 Graz, Austria +43 316 811 599