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Top 5 Museums in Vienna

Have you heard that Vienna is a bit of a paradise for art and history lovers? Now it’s the time to experience the richness of our beloved metropolis of culture! Displaying outstanding paintings and objects of global importance, the museums of Vienna are among the best in the world! Interested to find out more? We have prepared a list with the Top 5 museums which you should definitely visit at least once during your time in Vienna!

The Natural History Museum

Do you want to improve your understanding of our precious Mother Earth? Located at Maria-Theresien-Platz and founded over 270 years ago by Emperor Franz Joseph I, the Natural History Museum is inviting you to the realm of nature! The Museum researches and displays collections covering biology, earth sciences, anthropology and archaeology. Expect to admire more than 30 million valuable objects! The museum presents an overall picture of our planet and its history, crossing the evolution of life and showing the cultural development of humankind. An impressive dinosaur hall, the biggest collection of meteorites in the world and the oldest human statue – Venus of Willendorf, are waiting for you!

The Art History Museum

Are you eager to get a unique insight into visual arts? The Art History Museum is the largest art museum of Austria and one of the most important museums worldwide. Moreover, the building itself is designed as a total work of art! The Art History Museum has an identical exterior as The Natural History Museum and it is located directly across Maria-Theresien-Platz. The Art History Museum presents works covering seven thousand years, with the focus on art from the Renaissance and Baroque. In its high-ceilinged halls you can admire paintings by the masters Rubens, Raphael, Giorgione, Caravaggio, Bruegel or Dürer. Either you want to learn about art history or find inspiration, you came to the right place!

The Jewish Museum

Are you curious to discover the relationship between the Jewish community and Austria? In the heart of Vienna’s old town you will find the Jewish Museum. A center of art, culture and history, the museum pays testament to the important role played by Jewish people in Vienna’s past and present. Undoubtedly, the Jewish Museum is a place of encounter, interaction and understanding! Presenting the life of Viennese Jews from the Middle Ages until now, the museum seeks to raise awareness of Jewish history, religion, and culture. After such a unique tour, don’t miss the chance to try some tasty Israeli dishes or a special Jewish dessert at Café Eskeles, the museum’s café!

Belvedere Museum

Unquestionably, we couldn’t miss this one! Home to the largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, the Belvedere Museum ranks among the world’s most striking museums. The highlight of the Belvedere’s collection is The Kiss – the most famous Austrian painting! The museum also boasts masterworks by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, two important Expressionist painters. Belvedere Museum is considered one of Vienna’s must see attractions and an important UNESCO site for its impressive architectural ensemble. Here you can happily lose yourself in outstanding art and beautiful landscaping!

Leopold Museum

Are you ready to meet the artistic geniuses of Vienna? Located at Museumsquartier, Leopold Museum holds hundreds of modern Austrian artworks. The paintings were collected by the passionate art lover Dr. Rudolf Leopold and his wife Elisabeth. Leopold Museum is the home to the world’s most important collection of works signed by Egon Schiele – 42 paintings, 187 drawings and colored sheets, and numerous manuscripts. Here you will also find the masterpieces of Gustav Klimt – including the famous painting „Death and Life“. Other influential Viennese artists, such as Richard Gerstl, Anton Romako or Koloman Moser, are waiting for you to enter their world! After an inspiring visit at the museum, you can enjoy a tasty coffee with friends at Café Leopold – the café of the museum!

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