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The Top Museums to Visit in Vienna

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Updated: 31 January 2017
Delve into new worlds inside Vienna’s wonderful museums and expand your mind by learning about a diverse range of topics – the history of art, culture, funerals and peace. The city is a melting pot of culture and considers education in society incredibly important. Take advantage of its enthusiasm for learning by taking a trip to some of these top museums. Although the Museumsquartier is an obvious choice, many fascinating places lie beyond.


Leopold Museum

Classic Austrian artistic works are the highlight of the Leopold, with pieces from the likes of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. Part of the famous Museumsquartier, this is one of the best to visit within the piazza. The exterior of the building may also be of interest to architecture fans – it stands bright and domineering, built using white shell limestone from the Danube River.

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien


Egon Schiele (1890-1918) - Mother with two children ll, 1915 : detail | © Rex Harris / |Flickr

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) – Mother with two children ll, 1915 : detail | © Rex Harris / |Flickr

Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Commonly referred to as the MAK, this museum houses a variety of curiosities related to the arts, that will delight and intrigue. A variety of exhibitions run throughout the year, on subjects such as architecture, design, and fashion. A wise time to visit is Tuesday evening when all exhibitions are open to the public free of charge.

Stubenring 5, 1010 Wien

Museum of Art Fakes

This unusual and unique museum is dedicated entirely to the art of forgery.  Opening in 2015, opposite the wonderful and bizarre Hundertwasserhaus, this curious establishment explores the history of art fakers and their forged creations. Described as a ‘criminal art museum’, included in their collection is (not really) work by Gustav Klimt. Educate yourself on the what makes a copy a copy and see if you can identify authentic art from its inauthentic counterpart.

Löwengasse 28, 1030 Wien

Undertakers Museum

Albeit morbid, this museum can be a fascinating day out and is a good option for those interested in doing some unconventional exploration. Get in touch with your darker side and delve into the history of death and undertaking. During the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, people were keen to ensure that they would be remembered, this museum documents the Austrian interest in death and burials with a 600-strong piece exhibition.

Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, 1110 Wien

Sigmund Freud Museum

Austrians are huge fans of psychoanalysis, possibly due to the Godfather of the subject, Sigmund Freud, settling in Vienna, where he would conduct his most important theoretical work. Based on the site of his former residence and office, this museum explores Freud’s incredible life and work. The interior was designed by his daughter. Take a glimpse into the lives of the Freud’s by watching a film showing the family in the 1930s.

Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien

Globe Museum

Located inside the stunning Austrian National Library, this one-of-a-kind museum celebrates the spherical wonders, the globe. The Earth, the moon, and mars all feature inside this alluring space – admire the glittering golden orbs and admire the astronomical instruments that adorn the space.

Herrengasse 9, 1010 Wien

Globe in the dark | © Alberto Garcia / Flickr

Globe in the dark | © Alberto Garcia / Flickr

 Technical Museum, Vienna

Situated conveniently down the road from another tourist favourite, Schonbrunn Park, the Vienna Museum Of Technology is ideal for enthusiasts of all things related to technology. The history of planes, trains, and automobiles are all featured, as well as the opportunity for guided tours on the history of mining and a demonstration in high voltage electricity.

Mariahilfer Str. 212, 1140 Wien

Natural History Museum

Take a trip back in time and walk among dinosaurs. The Natural History Museum contains an impressive collection, with various temporary exhibitions taking place each month. Among the highlights of the museum is the digital planetarium, giving guests the chance to take a journey through the stars and learn about scientific details of our solar system.

Burgring 7, 1010 Wien

Peace Museum

With the preservation and documentation of historical initiatives of peace at its heart, this museum is well worth a visit. The Peace Museum was set up in with the aim of exposing the lives and struggles of people who have strived for peace and raising awareness of peace and peace heroes.

Blutgasse 3, 1010 Wien